C&J considering former Sam's Club property for Seabrook bus terminal

C&J Bus Lines is looking at the possibility of opening a new bus terminal in Seabrook.

SEABROOK — Portsmouth-based C&J Bus Lines is eyeing the site of the former Sam’s Club as a possible new bus terminal.

Jim Jalbert, the bus company’s owner, confirmed Tuesday that the property at 11 Batchelder Road is being considered, but he said it was too premature to discuss the project further.

“Hopefully at some point we might have a new facility in Seabrook sometime next year,” he said, adding that a Seabrook location could “potentially work well within our system.”

The retail warehouse club was among the dozens of Sam’s Clubs that closed last year.

Any proposal for the site must still go before the planning board for approval.

According to Selectman Aboul Khan, who serves as the selectmen’s representative to the planning board, the project has already received a variance that was needed from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

“Now they’re in the final stage to submit their application if everything goes well,” Khan said.

C&J offers bus service to New York City and Boston, including Boston Logan International Airport. Its other stops are in Dover and Portsmouth, and in Newburyport, Mass., Tewksbury, Mass., and Ogunquit, Maine.

Khan said a Seabrook bus terminal would help people throughout the region.

“It’s not only Seabrook that’s going to benefit. The whole Seacoast is going to benefit if we have this bus station for C&J. This is very good news for all of our communities and all our citizens,” he said.

Khan also spoke about the importance of offering commuter bus transportation to reduce traffic, save gas and cut pollution.

“It’s good for everybody,” he said.

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