Here’s a look at the businesses that are moving in and out of Methuen … and a peek just over the border:
•PetWellClinic, a national chain that offers walk-in veterinary care to dogs and cats, aims to open at The Loop on Feb. 1 in a space near Planet Fitness.
• Chica Tea: Bubble tea shop opened Jan. 5 at Merrimac Plaza on Haverhill Street, next to Bank of America.
IN THE WORKS
*Ye’s Table: The 139-seat Asian fusion restaurant, being built at the former Sovereign Bank on Merrimack Street across from Heav’nly Donuts, hopes for a March opening. It’s owned by the same folks who run Fusion House, also on Merrimack.
*River Edge: Chinese and Japanese cuisine at the former Jon Ryan’s Pub (formerly Tavern on the Merrimack, formerly Jackson’s Restaurant) along the Merrimack River on Lowell Street. The 142-seat restaurant is slated to open in the coming months, as renovations progress.
• KPOT, an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and hot pot experience, is coming to The Loop. Seating for 196 guests and anticipated opening is August. The chain is also planning to open locations in Dedham and West Springfield as well as Nashua, N.H. Thekpot.com
• Wengs Garden, which has the same owners at Salem, N.H.,’s Yang Ming, expects to open at the former Knights of Columbus Gaythorne Hall on Broadway, according to Economic and Community Development Director Jack Wilson.
*Teriyaki Madness: Coming to The Loop and will be located in between European Wax Center and Bath & Body Works. Offering Asian-style bowls, apps and sides in a fast, casual atmosphere. This nationwide chain also has a location in Burlington.
• Jocelyn’s by Sevmar is coming to the former Sevastano’s (formerly Sahtaine’s) on Merrimack Street. Methuen native Jocelyn Maroun’s restaurant adventure started many years ago behind the counter at Salem Kabob (Sevmar’s original spot on Route 97, at the Methuen line) when her family owned it; she went on to open Jocelyn’s on Route 28 in Salem – both were renown for their Lebanese specialties.
•Washville, a state-of-the-art tunnel-style car wash, plans to open at the former CREST site on Broadway. They’ll offer 22 free vacuum stalls in addition to a car wash experience that includes a light show, scents and towel service. The facility uses 70 percent “recycled” water and bio-degradable chemicals. Construction started in August.
•Taco John’s: Applicants continue discussions with city boards, as they’re looking to build a stand-alone restaurant with drive-thru at 436 Broadway, within the Village Mall and abutted by Dunkin’ Donuts to the south and Texas Road House to the north. The fast-food restaurant would be open daily from 6am-midnight, according to the application. DID YOU KNOW that Taco John’s trademarked “Taco Tuesday” back in 1989?
• Savens Home Care/Healthcare Services has relocated to the prominent spot at the corner of Broadway and Hampshire Street in Methuen Square. Previously located on the building’s second floor, the company offers companion care, personal care assistants, home health aides, 24-hour in-home care, etc. According to their website, “we help people who either through aging, illness or injury, require assistance to maintain their independence and well-being at home.” They’re located next to the Methuen Square clock tower. Savens bought the 300 Broadway building, previously owned by Johan Lopez who moved his Home Shop Properties from that spot to the Paige Building.
• Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital at 21 Jackson St., announced on Facebook that it was permanently closing Jan. 19. The animal hospital had been in operation since 1975.
• Valley Florist owners Nancy and Brian Pelletier announced, on Dec. 7, “we will be closing as of 12/31/23 and moving to NC to start our new adventure. We are very excited and sad at the same time but looking forward to being closer to our son and future daughter in law. We just want to thank each and every one of you for all your support through the years.” Their shop was located on Ayer Street, and previously had a location on Merrimack Street.
UP FOR DISCUSSION
• Aroma Joe’s has submitted plans to the Community Development Board’s Planning Division, intending to open up at 75 Haverhill St.