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Building progress at Bedford's Market and Main as first two tenants take shape

Union Leader Correspondent

August 29. 2018 2:05PM
This is the site of the new Friendly Toast restaurant at the Market and Main complex in Bedford. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

BEDFORD — Progress is being made at the new Market and Main development, including the construction of its first two tenants.

“We are excited to announce that both Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast are under construction and opening spring 2019. All the groundwork for the other phases are complete as well, and are slated to start construction in the near future,” said Mike Nelson of Encore Enterprises.

Construction was initially delayed with the discovery of blue clay earlier this year, a type of expansive soil. However, the project is back on track with noticeable activity at the site at 125 South River Road.

The foundation and steel frame for Trader Joe’s is complete, and is located closest to South River Road on the parcel. Slightly behind the future Trader Joe’s is the new Friendly Toast building, which now has a roof in place, according to Nelson.

Crews with Hutter Construction Corp. of New Ispwich have been on the site this summer since building permits were recently pulled.

Temporary fencing and roads are in place throughout the parcel to allow motorists to access the nearby Whole Foods Market.

Trader Joe’s will be occupying this space at the Market and Main development on South River Road in Bedford. Kimberly Houghton (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

“We are excited to see the building frames going up for the Trader Joe’s and the facade improvements at the Friendly Toast,” said Becky Hebert, the town’s planning director.

She said Encore has received architectural approvals for several additional buildings, but will need to return to seek architectural approval for the future hotel, office building and cinema.

“They are all set with their approvals from the planning side,” Hebert said.

To date, Pressed Cafe, Charles Schwab, Trader Joe’s, The Friendly Toast, Red Heat Tavern and REI all announced they have signed leases for the new Market and Main development. Other businesses such as Athleta, Cycle Bar, European Wax and MidiCi have been working on finalizing leases, representatives with Encore said earlier.

No new announcements have been made regarding additional tenants who will occupy the 355,708-square-foot complex. An official groundbreaking date has not yet been publicized.

In September 2016, the planning board granted the conditional site plan for Encore and its mixed-use development that will include a cinema, hotel, medical office, restaurants, retail space and parking garage. The project, once completed, could create more than $1 million a year in tax revenue, developers said at the time.

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