By Jake Gardner
“Opening a Location in Durham [ for The Juicery and The Soupery] has been in the back of my mind for a while. Young and healthy UNH students travel all the way to Portsmouth to have our juices and soups, so when I was approached by the landlord, it was a no brainer,” says Alex Vandermark, the owner of The Juicery, Soupery, and sister company, The Maine Squeeze smoothie and juice cafe in Portland and Kittery, Maine.
The Juicery, and the Soupery, which will be under the same roof, is looking to open up a fourth location at 34 Main Street (the newly constructed building on the corner across from the post office). “I’m hoping the business will really compliment all the seasons, with juices in the spring and summer, and soups in the fall and winter,” says Vandermark.
Brittany Daly, an Oyster river alumn, current UNH junior, and an employee at the Portsmouth location is excited for the Durham location to open. “I think the Juicery will be a great addition to the business here in town. We don’t have anything similar to the Juicery here in Durham, and I think the college students and locals will enjoy what they have to offer,” says Daly. “We have a large variety of juices and smoothies for health conscious customers and some quick fixes for a hangover, that I see a lot of college students coming in for and appreciating,” Daly jokes. Daly will be transferring from the Portsmouth location to the Durham location once it’s up and running.
Emma Sassaman (‘17), also agrees with Daly. “The town needs this business type. It will really diversify food choices in Durham for students and citizens.”
Vandermark opened The Juicery in Portsmouth back in 2008 and never expected his businesses to grow as much as they have. “The universe works in a mysterious way. I never would have expected my businesses to get this big,” laughs Vandermark. “People approached me with either locations or ideas and I couldn’t resist,” says Vandermark.