SALEM, N.H. — The growing popularity of frozen yogurt shops is helping make Salem a cool place to visit.
Three shops have opened in town in the last year and two more are coming. The Planning Board will consider plans for one of the proposed shops when it meets tomorrow night.
Hemant Patel of Windham is proposing a 1,512-square-foot shop at 277 N. Broadway, the former home of Granite State Potato Chips. The longtime potato chip factory building was razed and replaced by a Dunkin’ Donuts shop this summer.
Patel plans to lease space in the Dunkin’ Donuts building. If he receives site plan approval, he hopes to open his business by Dec. 1.
He said he is still negotiating with several frozen yogurt chains to obtain franchise rights. Since November, Tutti Frutti, Froyo World and Frozyos have opened in Salem.
Another chain, Orange Leaf, has announced on its website that it, too, will be soon moving to Salem.
Orange Leaf plans to move to 389-396 Main St., a 22,000-square-foot plaza at the site of the former Green Barn restaurant.
The restaurant closed and was razed earlier this year after operating more than 40 years at the site. The plaza also includes a CVS pharmacy and Haverhill Bank branch.
Orange Leaf has yet to file plans with the town, according to planning director Ross Moldoff.
The increase in frozen yogurt shops is comparable to the rising number of urgent care facilities in town. Several have opened in Salem this year.
“It’s unusual we are seeing so many of them,” Moldoff said of the shops.
Salem also has numerous ice cream shops, he said. Shops that opened in recent years include Moo’s Place on Ermer Road, Jay Gee’s on South Broadway and Jim’s Ice Cream Barn on Kelly Road.