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New restaurants, beauty store lined up for Nashua’s Webster Square plaza

NASHUA – There are changes in store for the Webster Square shopping plaza off Daniel Webster Highway.

Following Trader Joe’s opening in the former DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse space in July, another new tenant, Ulta Beauty, is moving in and opening soon, according to a sign placed outside the plaza. ...

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NASHUA – There are changes in store for the Webster Square shopping plaza off Daniel Webster Highway.

Following Trader Joe’s opening in the former DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse space in July, another new tenant, Ulta Beauty, is moving in and opening soon, according to a sign placed outside the plaza.

Last Thursday, the Nashua Planning Board also approved a change of use request from Kimco Webster Square, LLC, which owns and operates the shopping center, that will switch 4,750 square feet of floor space from retail to restaurant use.

Ulta – founded in 1990 as a discount beauty retailer, according to its website – is at the rear of the Nashua shopping center, occupying a 12,000-square-foot space between the Guitar Center and Trader Joe’s.

At last week’s Planning Board meeting, Kimco spokesperson Nick Brown could not identify the two new restaurants slated for Webster Square, as the company is still “actively working” on leases, he said, according to minutes.

“Hopefully, soon enough we’ll be able to reveal those,” Brown said. “They’re both national chains that will be strong additions to the center.”

Vacant retail space in the center will convert into a 52-seat, 2,250-square-foot restaurant, and another 72-seat, 2,500-square-foot restaurant, Brown said.

“We’re proposing counter-
service restaurants,” he said.

The proposed restaurants are compatible with the “heavily trafficked” commercial corridor, Brown added, which is already “teeming” with restaurants from fast-food chains to sit-down, table service eateries, he said.

From a parking standpoint, there also is a surplus of 135 spaces at Webster Square.

No residents spoke for or against the proposal Thursday.

Ulta offers “prestige, mass and salon products,” and portions of the stores are typically dedicated to a full-service salon, according to Security Exchange Commission filings. As of January, Ulta operated 449 stores in 43 states.

There are two other Ulta locations in the state, at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester and at The Crossings at Fox Run in Newington.

Maryalice Gill can be reached at 594-6490 or mgill@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Gill on Twitter (@Telegraph_MAG).