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The Buzz on Facebook: Whole Foods opens in Nashua to cheers, jeers

Whole Foods’ opening in Nashua ranked among The Telegraph’s most-read stories last week, and readers on Facebook were right there to share their reactions. More than 5,300 users viewed the post, which topped 24 shares and 75 “likes” by Saturday night.

While opinions ranged the gamut from pleased to peeved, many commenters were planning to give the store – and its parking lot – time for the excitement to settle. ...

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Whole Foods’ opening in Nashua ranked among The Telegraph’s most-read stories last week, and readers on Facebook were right there to share their reactions. More than 5,300 users viewed the post, which topped 24 shares and 75 “likes” by Saturday night.

While opinions ranged the gamut from pleased to peeved, many commenters were planning to give the store – and its parking lot – time for the excitement to settle.

“I’ll be there in a few weeks when the lines calm down,” Rene Foran wrote.

“I am anxious to see it and shop there, but I won’t go near Whole Foods Market Nashua for at least a few weeks,” added Debbie Ward Clement. “I went by there around 10 this morning and the cares were lined up in both directions. I went by again around 11:30 and the police were directing traffic.”
Paula Mader Brensinger compared the excitement to when another out-of-state grocery chain opened a new store in her Massachusetts
village.

“They opened up a Wegman’s market down the street from me in Chestnut Hill MA and traffic was snarled up for weeks,” Mader Brensinger wrote. “The store was crazy busy every time I went for that first few weeks too. Things are back to normal now. Will be so at the Whole Foods too, soon.”

Others shared their experience from attending the grand opening celebration.

“I was one of them,” R. Scott White wrote of the line of customers. “It was a really orderly group, Nashua should be proud of themselves.”

“Had a great time. Didn’t even know there were that many people everyone was nice and made it a great morning,” Char Selsky said.

While some expressed enthusiasm about the niche natural and organic market’s arrival in New Hampshire, others railed against its notoriously high prices.

“And all those years i used to bug WF corporate headquarters to open a store in NH, they used to tell me their demographic study showed NH couldn’t support one. HA!!! We showed them!!!” Patti Schippani wrote.

“this is exciting news! I heard there is one coming to Bedford also,” said the page for Porcupine Real Estate.com.

Victor Sacco was less enthused. “Whole Paycheck is more like it,” he jested, a comment that received five “likes” of its own.

Still others linked the opening to the ongoing turmoil at Market Basket.

“THANK THE BOARD MEMBERS OF MARKET BASKET,” Layne Batchelder said, only to add later, “I would like to think that stupid board of Market Basket. “If not for the ‘arrogant other cousin’ I never would have considered going to whole foods, but now I can go guilt free.”

To join the conversation, “Like” The Telegraph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheTelegraph.