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Veni. Vidi. Visa.

Thursday, June 14th, 2012



They came.

They saw.

They shopped.

And so it was this morning at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, with the ribbon cutting and opening of 80 outlet stores.

It was a very festive time and the early bird shoppers were enthusiastic in both their appointed rounds and in their praise for the project, which brings to New Hampshire some high end fashion not available anywhere else. While there were deals to be had for the big event, it was good to see people pulling out their wallets and feeling confident enough to make a few purchases, like the three women from Derry who found the bargains they were looking for early in their shopping excursion.

More than that, it was good to see hundreds of people on retail’s front lines. We saw college students, moms, grandparents and others eagerly waiting to greet the first customers and being at work. We eavesdropped on a pep talk over at the Nike store and then the employees, dressed in orange and black, walked around the shops, clapping. And laughing.

Congratulations to Merrimack for being the site of this new outlet center, which is projected to attract more than 5 million visitors per year and employ more than 1,000. It will be a place close to home to find a special dress (or shoes), to window shop, or just be three gals from Derry or any other town, getting together, laughing, talking and having fun.

Shop on.


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development

New Hampshire’s In the Money….Magazine That Is

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Money Magazine has come out with its list of “Best Places to Live” and New Hampshire is well represented with four cities and towns in the top 100.

cnnmoney_logo2_0Here’s a¬†snippet of the narrative the magazine put together on each of the New Hampshire cities and towns listed:

Merrimack (#43) – “Not only is Merrimack close to the state’s largest cities, Manchester and Nashua, but it’s only an hour away from the ocean and the White Mountains.

The town attracts people for its shopping along Route 3 and recreation on conservation land along a lake.

Hanover (#50) – ¬†Best known as the home of Dartmouth College, Hanover is two hours from the nearest big city. But there’s plenty to keep residents employed and entertained right here. Nearby engineering and tech firms, plus health-care employers and the college, have kept the jobless rate low.

There are plenty of cultural opportunities in town as well, including Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Hooksett (#66)It’s a tradition for presidential candidates to visit Robie’s during the New Hampshire primaries. The rustic country store in Hookset is emblematic of the town, which retains a rural character.

Fields and farms are gone, but the Merrimack River is popular for rowing and fishing.

Concord (#95) -Visitors to Concord may appreciate its array of historical landmarks and the domed New Hampshire State House. But the favorite establishment among locals is an Austrian bakery, Bread and Chocolate, that’s been around for generations.

While many families are well-established, residents say that the town is friendly to new residents. Homes range from large rural properties to smaller ones with median prices under $200,000.

Congrats to all of our friends in Merrimack, Hanover, Hooksett and Concord!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director