BEDFORD — The highly anticipated opening of Trader Joe’s at the new Market and Main complex will take place next week.
“On Friday, March 29 at 9 a.m., the Trader Joe’s Bedford store will officially open for business, welcoming residents to their new neighborhood grocery store,” the company said in a release issued on Wednesday.
A live band, food tastings and giveaways will be on hand for the festivities at 2 Market St.
The store captain, Shawn Minihane, has been with Trader Joe’s for nearly 14 years.
“We are very excited. We have been wanting to be a part of this community for a while now,” Minihane said Wednesday.
He is hoping for a strong turnout for opening day, explaining that many people have already visited the store to introduce themselves.
Trader Joe’s is the first store to open at the new Market and Main development along South River Road. The Friendly Toast is also slated to open in the coming weeks. REI, Athleta, other retail establishments and a movie theater are scheduled to begin construction in the near future.
“Trader Joe’s is definitely excited to be the first and watch it all happen around us,” said Minihane.
The company is getting ready to stock its shelves for the big day. Some of the popular items include cookie butter and mandarin orange chicken, he said.
“All of our items are popular. We have so many customer favorites,” he said. “Every month we will have something new. It is always a new selection.”
The new store will feature murals that pay tribute to landmarks such as Lake Winnipesaukee, the State House and the Mount Washington Cog Railway, according to the release.
This is Bedford’s first Trader Joe’s, and New Hampshire’s third. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The public is invited to attend the March 29 grand opening.
Market and Main, once complete, will be a 355,708-square-foot complex.
In September 2016, the local planning board granted the conditional site plan for Encore Enterprises and its mixed-use development that will include a cinema, hotel, medical office, parking garage, restaurants and retail space. The project could create more than $1 million a year in tax revenue, developers said at the time.