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Milford, Bedford liquor stores to move, expand

Milford’s liquor store will soon be moving a couple of miles west and expanding as part of what the New Hampshire Liquor Commission calls continuing efforts to upgrade its liquor and wine outlets across the state.

Officials said Monday that work on the new, 7,400-square-foot store, which will occupy space vacated by a former Blockbuster Video outlet in Market Basket Plaza, is scheduled to begin in January. ...

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Milford’s liquor store will soon be moving a couple of miles west and expanding as part of what the New Hampshire Liquor Commission calls continuing efforts to upgrade its liquor and wine outlets across the state.

Officials said Monday that work on the new, 7,400-square-foot store, which will occupy space vacated by a former Blockbuster Video outlet in Market Basket Plaza, is scheduled to begin in January.

The new location, near where the Route 101 Bypass and Wilton Road intersect, is roughly two miles west of its current location, the commission said.

Also moving early next year will be the state liquor and wine outlet in Bedford, which will close its current Bedford Grove Plaza store and build a new 13,000-square-foot standalone outlet across from the Bedford Public Safety Complex near Routes 101 and 114.

Its new neighbors will include The Copper Door restaurant and Bellwether Community Credit Union, the commission said.

This round of store upgrades and relocations also includes Manchester, where the commission will lease a new, 12,000-square-foot building on South Elm Street.

Opening the new store, which is just north of Chalifour’s Flowers, is part of the completion of Phase II of River’s Edge, a sweeping retail, medical and residential complex.

Commission Chairman Joseph W. Mollica said the improvements and relocations are being made in response to changing trends in retailing.

“The commission is responding to consumer shopping habits and retail trends with our ongoing retail store upgrade and relocation plans,” he said.

Retail sales for fiscal 2012-13 are up $19 million to roughly $233 million, an increase of nearly 10 percent over the previous year, Mollica said.

He credits the increase to improvements already made to several stores, including outlets in Nashua, Portsmouth, North Hampton, Manchester, Lebanon, Merrimack, Peterborough and Concord, and the opening of the new store at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

For more about the new stores and the commission in general, visit www.liquorandwineoutlets.com.