PORTSMOUTH — With “mixed thoughts,” the relatives-owned Portsmouth Wellbeing Food stuff Centre, open up since 1978, introduced it will “retire” this approaching summer and vacate its room on Congress Road.
City data show the house, which homes the Portsmouth Wellness Food Heart and its takeout café, Madeline’s Truly Natural Kitchen area, as nicely as other corporations, was bought to neighborhood entrepreneur Michael Labrie in October 2019 for $3.375 million.
In an interview Wednesday, Labrie explained area on the higher ranges of the setting up will be applied for recording and broadcast studios for Jimmy’s On Congress, the jazz club he and his brother Peter Labrie are opening in September at 135 Congress St. in the aged YMCA building.
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Huge designs for the house
Labrie, who added he is functioning on some “exciting” exterior designs to make the developing seem less “blocky, and not so 1970s,” spoke hugely of the Portsmouth Health and fitness Foods Centre and homeowners Scott and Natalie Nelson.
“Scott’s been at the grinding wheel for a long time and with the difficulties of COVID and every thing I think it truly is fantastic that he’s likely to take some time for him and Natalie,” he mentioned.
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Labrie added he isn’t confident what will consider around the Portsmouth Wellbeing Meals Centre place, but claimed he’s certain that a modest area organization, or numerous of them, will end up calling 151 Congress St. home someday in the long run.
“I appear ahead to observing what the subsequent chapter provides for that setting up for the metropolis,” Labrie said.
More on the health and fitness meals store’s closure
The web-site for the Portsmouth Health Foods Center gives an explanation for the selection to retire.
“It has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey for us, serving the neighborhood by giving and sharing what is important to us: healthier food stuff, natural create, nutritional supplements, health and fitness and splendor and family solutions and details that empowers people to lead a healthier way of life and consider command of their have well being,” the business’ web site states.
Owned by the Nelson spouse and children, the business wrote in its on-line announcement that, on top of the each day issues of running a small family business enterprise, all those challenges were being exacerbated by the pandemic and by downtown parking.
“We tremendously recognize our client and staff loyalty through these tough and unsure periods,” the announcement reads. “We also glance forward to acquiring considerably essential downtime and own time to pursue other pursuits and pursuits.”
The tentative very last day of small business for the overall health foodstuff shop is Thursday, July 15, nevertheless the business enterprise mentioned that date could adjust and they may well proceed giving smoothies, sandwiches and “light grab-and-go fare” immediately after that day.
Featuring all organic deliver, Nelson Farms in Strafford will keep on to operate on a smaller scale, and patrons intrigued in getting deliver from there in the long run are requested to contact the company.
The announcement mentioned that the Nelson family members and retailer staff members have produced lasting associations with clients and viewed small children and grandchildren grow older, some of whom ended up employed at the Portsmouth Well being Foodstuff Heart as staff members when they had been previous enough.
“We’ve shaped lots of incredible friendships and uncovered so a lot from consumers, sellers, wellbeing care practitioners, and retail store personnel through the years. We experience incredible gratitude for all of these people today in our life and their connections, contributions, and support of the store,” the business enterprise wrote. “Some have shared their health and fitness worries, joys and sorrows with us and we’ve experienced enjoyable periods at do the job, laughter, and camaraderie with employees and prospects as perfectly.”
Portsmouth Well being Meals Heart proprietor Scott Nelson did not answer to a request for remark.
Much more details can be observed at portsmouthhealthfood.com.