SALEM, N.H. — The Denny's along South Broadway may soon join the ranks of its shuttered neighbor, Shaw's, according to documents submitted to the town late last month.
The local link in a national restaurant chain is set to be demolished and replaced with a new 7,830 square-foot space housing a restaurant and retail store, according to construction documents submitted to the Planning Board on Nov. 27.
Town officials have not been told what businesses will go in the new spaces, and representatives from the property management company Kimco Realty did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
It is unclear if that Denny's is closing and if they will be relocating elsewhere in Salem.
"At this time, we are not aware of any additional plans for this Denny's location," Denny's spokesperson Jillian Hutwagner said.
The 4,200-square-foot restaurant will feature a drive-through as well as indoor and outdoor seating for 150 people, which Planning Director Ross Moldoff said is an indicator that the space won't be inhabited by a fast food restaurant. The retail space will be roughly 3,600 square feet in size.
Tearing down older buildings and replacing them with new, more modern-looking structures is becoming a trend in Salem, according to Moldoff.
In just over a year, two longtime eateries — The Weathervane Seafood Restaurant and Bickford's — have been closed and replaced with new structures. Both locations also boast close proximity to the town's forthcoming new complex, Tuscan Village.
The complex behind Denny's is also in the midst of change.
The former Shaw's location, which is more than 51,000 square feet in size, is still available for rent. The space has been empty since the supermarket closed in February.
The board will hear plans for the Denny's space during their Dec. 12 meeting.