Nashua homebrew store will move out of downtownBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
October 29. 2013 5:51PM
NASHUA — Another local business is saying farewell to the downtown area and moving its shop this weekend into a larger space on Amherst Street its owner says is more convenient.
Jasper’s Homebrew and Winemaking will remain open at its 4 Temple St. location through Saturday, but will then pack up its merchandise and relocate to 522 Amherst St. in the plaza that houses Gold’s Gym.
Store owner Jeff Walch, says he plans to open the new facility, which was previously occupied by Batteries Plus, on Tuesday.
“We are leaving downtown for our new Amherst Street location for a multitude of reasons, but high on that list are our grievances with downtown Nashua, which include congestion, lack of parking, parking meters, poor visibility, panhandlers and drunks harassing customers, endless Public Works (crews) busting up the streets, rather dramatic crime and a general demographic that doesn’t even vaguely match our clientele,” Walch said in an email to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“We have been a fixture and an anchor in downtown Nashua for 17 years, but I have absolutely no sentimental feelings of clearing out,” he said.
When reached by phone on Tuesday, Walch elaborated on his reasoning for the move, citing the need for more space and a loading dock to accommodate tractor trailers delivering merchandise for his business.
The new facility is double the size of Walch’s current space downtown, and also has ample parking for customers and delivery trucks, he said.
“We probably should have moved maybe eight years ago, but you get used to a space, and it is never easy to relocate. We are very anxious to get settled in the new location,” said Walch, adding the Amherst Street facility is about 2,100 square feet.
Walch acknowledges that there are a lot of improvements going on in the downtown area, and although his shop wasn’t directly on Main Street but rather a side street, it still negatively affected his business.
“The downtown seems to excel in the bar, nightlife and restaurant scene. Perhaps afterhours are better downtown because people are motivated by food and willing to overlook inconveniences,” he said. “But when it comes to retail, we are at a big disadvantage downtown because people have other options where they don’t have to deal with those inconveniences.”
Jasper’s Homebrew and Winemaking sells a variety of beer and wine kits, bottling equipment and ingredients to help people ferment their own wines and brew their own beers.
While Jasper’s Homebrew and Winemaking is relocating to a different part of the Gate City, other downtown businesses recently closed their doors for good. Just last week, Cooking Matters LLC, announced that it is shutting down on Friday after serving sandwiches and soups for 10 years on Main St.
Another popular downtown restaurant, Saffron Bistro, served its last meal in May following six years of business in downtown Nashua.