Whole Foods Market plans to open a store in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., in 2016.

The store will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will employ approximately 175 team members.

“We are excited to be reaching residents of coastal New Hampshire with this location in Portsmouth,” said Laura Derba, president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic Region. “We have been receiving requests for a Portsmouth store for many years, and we are pleased to be able to open and serve this vibrant community.”