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On the Web, it’s was a week all about grocery stores

News about grocery stores dominated the list of most read articles on nashuatelegraph.com last week, as high-profile national food chain Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua and the long-time regional favorite Market Basket struggled to return to normal.

Crowds line up in advance to shop at state’s first Whole Foods” took the top stop with more than 5,000 pageviews. If you add to the mix 18 other Whole Foods related stories we’ve written the past few months that were read on our website, the total views skyrocket. ...

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News about grocery stores dominated the list of most read articles on nashuatelegraph.com last week, as high-profile national food chain Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua and the long-time regional favorite Market Basket struggled to return to normal.

Crowds line up in advance to shop at state’s first Whole Foods” took the top stop with more than 5,000 pageviews. If you add to the mix 18 other Whole Foods related stories we’ve written the past few months that were read on our website, the total views skyrocket.

Litchfield resident David Chirlin was one of the happy first Whole Foods shoppers.

“We’ve been waiting for 10 years for this to happen,” he said. “We can get stuff here we can’t get anywhere else.”

Still, overall reader interest in Whole Foods paled in comparison to the reader fascination with Market Basket’s fate with 67 articles collecting tens-of-thousands of views.

Gov. Hassan joins Market Basket negotiations; seafood vendor makes a public break with the company” was our most popular article with 3,163 views and a letter to the editor, “Market Basket golden goose is dead” was read 1,875 times.

“The Market Basket dispute is caused because of a family fight, and no one can win. The chain that was run by Artie T. Demoulas had low prices, great employee benefits and made his family billionaires,” wrote Dwight Sackett of Hollis.

The second most read story last week, 100 votes behind Whole Foods was “Nashua mom charged with facilitating daughter’s sex work.

Amy Manzi, of Nashua, is accused of helping facilitate the sex-for-money relationship by providing a Massachusetts man with her daughter’s address and cell phone.

Family of Merrimack drowning victim looking for answers” took the bronze with 3,200 views. Abel Urena doesn’t believe it was his father he saw inside a casket at a Nashua funeral home. The family doesn’t understand how the Nashua man ended up in Merrimack when walking long distances was painful for him.

Coming in fourth with 2,700 views was “Hudson town, police accused of violating panhandler’s rights in federal lawsuit

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union suit accuses the town and its police officers of routinely harassing and detaining panhandlers since 2011, despite a long history of court rulings that say panhandling is protected speech. At the advice of legal counsel, town officials declined comment.

Rounding out the top 10 most read stories were:

Woman shot during domestic dispute in Nashua”; Joe Marchilena’s column “Iceland volcano could stop Central Florida-Penn State football opener”; “Fire renders parts of Nashua apartment building uninhabitable after flames doused Tuesday night”; “Protest signs and protests remain at Market Basket, despite company directive”; “Nashua driver hits Hollis police cruiser in breakdown lane of Route 101A“; “Two women charged with Nashua gas station robbery

Of the many special sections on nashuatelegrpah.con the Crime and Courts page was the most popular last week generating more than 4,500 views, followed by the crime mug archive, letters to the editor and sports.

Total page views for the week topped 473,000.