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Sep 26, 2014 8:46 PM

New NH rest stops to have restaurant, convenience store and more

As bulldozers laid waste to the 4-decade-old state liquor store on the northbound side of Interstate 93 this week, officials were celebrating the opening day of its replacement next door earlier this month. The 20,000-square-foot New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet opened its doors on Sept. 11. The store was built as part of the expansive renovations at the Hooksett Welcome Centers and is the first of mirror stores the state is building at the rest areas. The stores are more than twice the size of their predecessors and expected to generate an additional $6 million in annual sales, according to the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission. The new stores feature four iPad kiosks shoppers can use to research product information and scores of other data. They also have climate-controlled storage systems for fine wines and a spirits “trophy case” with “ultra-premium” liquors. The twin liquor stores have generated more than $34 million in sales in 2014, and the Liquor Commission paid for all of the stores’ construction costs, which will also include a Common Man restaurant in a food court, a 1950s-style diner, a breakfast shop, a deli, a 24-hour convenience store, a bank branch and a gas station. The Common Man Group signed a 35-year lease with the state and is paying for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the welcome centers. The northbound center is expected to be fully operational in early 2015 and the southbound center should open in the spring. The stores will be open Mondays-Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Construction updates, along with site plans, downloadable renderings and photos, are available online.


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