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#1 MOONRUNNER

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

Thats a good use of that property .

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April 05. 2013 8:00PM

Bass Pro Shop to open at former Lowe's in Hooksett
By BRENDAN CLOGSTON
Union Leader Correspondent
HOOKSETT - Hooksett officials and Bass Pro Shop representatives are hammering out details on the plan for Bass Pro Shops to open in the former Lowe's building off Interstate 93's Exit 10 in time for this year's Christmas season.

A Bass Pro spokesperson indicated that while it wasn't yet clear how many people the store would hire, Bass Pro stores of this size tend to employ between 250 and 300 associates. Job postings for management positions can already by found on employment websites and Bass Pro's "career" pages.

The property is owned by 1 Bemis Reality, a condominium association that leases out buildings on the property off Commerce Drive to Walmart and Lowe's. The Hooksett Lowe's shut its doors in 2011 as a part of a statewide series of closures resulting in 289 layoffs. Lowe's, however, maintains its lease on the building.

"Lowe's still has the contract with the owner of the land, and my understanding is that, at least in the short term, Bass Pro is going to be sub-leasing from Lowe's," said Hooksett Town Administrator Dean Shankle.

According to Shankle, Bass Pro began cleaning out the Lowe's building last year.

The property owner, Michael King, stated that he knew nothing about the deal that he hadn't read in the press, and would not talk further due to confidentiality clauses in the lease agreements.

The 140,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in time for this year's Christmas season. The retailer had made overtures to the town in 2009 about opening a shop in Hooksett, but those talks fell through, and the project was largely assumed to be dead until a Bass Pro press released in early March announced the coming store.

Town staff have been meeting with Bass Pro representatives and an architect contracted by the company so they can put together a report on the site regarding what the company needs going forward with the site, with the most recent meeting on April 4.

"They weren't really sure what they wanted to do, and they have wanted to come in and get more details," said Shankle. "We had sent them all the information before, but that's why the contractor was sent here to put together a report for them of what they might need to do. . They talked about signage, they talked about the highways, they talked about construction, the exterior, the interior. . Just going through some of the technical requirements from our point of view."

So far, the approvals the company will have to apply for appear to be few, as many of the necessary variances, such as for parking, were held by Lowe's. Also, as the Bass Pro doesn't appear to be planning to change the footprint of the site, no changes to the site plan will be necessary.

"The only reason they would need to go before (a town board), and it would probably be for a (zoning) variance more than the planning board, would be if they wanted to do something with a tower. My understanding is that they have a tower over 75 feet with some of their stores, but my understanding is that today that didn't come up as an issue, so I don't know if they plan on doing it," Shankle said.

Shankle noted that the company may want to expand the currently existing signage at the site, which would require a variance.

Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, Mo, have made their brand combining retail, conservation, entertainment, and education. Also featured at the Hooksett store will be an "expansive" boat showroom, as well as "historic photos" and exhibits paying "tribute to the region's great outdoor heritage."[/quote]
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

hard to find tenants for a building liek that so this works perfect, been in the runor mill that this will ahppen for awhile

Will be interesting what goes into the old walmart space in seabrook when they move up the road to he superstore speaking of buildings that will be hard to fill.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:18 PM

hard to find tenants for a building liek that so this works perfect, been in the runor mill that this will ahppen for awhile

Will be interesting what goes into the old walmart space in seabrook when they move up the road to he superstore speaking of buildings that will be hard to fill.


Alot has to do with the owners of the buildings .

The old Stop & Shop has sat empty in Plaistow for years now.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

Went by there and noticed the Lowes closed last January. Good idea its not far from us MR :beer_cheers:

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:24 PM

Went by there and noticed the Lowes closed last January. Good idea its not far from us MR :beer_cheers:

I've never been in one , but I'm near that area all the time during the summer months for work .

Speaking of near , whats gonna happen with Lowes in Haverhill ?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:32 PM

I've never been in one , but I'm near that area all the time during the summer months for work .

Speaking of near , whats gonna happen with Lowes in Haverhill ?


Probably rot and fall over. I never understood why Lowes would locate a business where every item they sold was taxed 6.25% 3 miles from the NH border with 0% tax where they opened another store?

Watch for the Target to close sometime soon.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

Alot has to do with the owners of the buildings .

The old Stop & Shop has sat empty in Plaistow for years now.

The should've divided the old Shaws up into 3 stores and put the three new drugstores (Rite aid, Walgreens and CVS) in there. They all wang to be right next door to each other anyway.... Would've saved a lot of time and money...


Seriously, there needs to be something cool go in there. I don't know what but...

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

Great news! I love bass pro as much as Cabelas. I just checked their site and it shows they have a lot of other stores opening soon. Utica NY and Bridgeport CT just in the northeast. :bc:

Edited by ruff-rider, 08 April 2013 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:48 PM

Probably rot and fall over. I never understood why Lowes would locate a business where every item they sold was taxed 6.25% 3 miles from the NH border with 0% tax where they opened another store?

Watch for the Target to close sometime soon.

That plow contract sucked anyway .

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:49 PM

The should've divided the old Shaws up into 3 stores and put the three new drugstores (Rite aid, Walgreens and CVS) in there. They all wang to be right next door to each other anyway.... Would've saved a lot of time and money...


Seriously, there needs to be something cool go in there. I don't know what but...



The Walgreens location makes no sense .

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:52 PM

The Walgreens location makes no sense .

Yeah, they're even worse in Derry.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:53 PM

Alot has to do with the owners of the buildings .

The old Stop & Shop has sat empty in Plaistow for years now.

hell the Ames in Seabrooks got to be 15 years or so, there still a sign for the bank that closed 20 years ago on the marquee out there and demoulas just doesn't care. Keep hearing they are going to rebuild that store at the Ames end which would be nice most of us hate going south on rt 1 further than we have to.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:01 PM

The Walgreens location makes no sense .


And they are all butt ugly but thats Plaistows style....never ask what designs are available just let em put in the lowest cost ones.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:09 PM

And they are all butt ugly but thats Plaistows style....never ask what designs are available just let em put in the lowest cost ones.

What? You don't like the brown brick square buildings?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

the commerical area in Plaistow really is a shithole, from the garish mortgage specialist sign all the way up 125 trough the used car lots.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:15 PM

Yeah, they're even worse in Derry.

I agree .

hell the Ames in Seabrooks got to be 15 years or so, there still a sign for the bank that closed 20 years ago on the marquee out there and demoulas just doesn't care. Keep hearing they are going to rebuild that store at the Ames end which would be nice most of us hate going south on rt 1 further than we have to.

I did the Applebees & Chili there years ago , actual that was my first Applebees .

And they are all butt ugly but thats Plaistows style....never ask what designs are available just let em put in the lowest cost ones.

I dont think the buildings are ugly , they re standard New England cookie cutters . Its just their planning that is a joke in Plaistow .Just wait till the Panera gets going at the closed Irving gas station . Traffic already lines up way past Petco now .

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:16 PM

the commerical area in Plaistow really is a shithole, from the garish mortgage specialist sign all the way up 125 trough the used car lots.

Ahhhemmmm, except for those buildings Moon built, cough cough, nudge nudge...


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

What? You don't like the brown brick square buildings?


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:19 PM

the commerical area in Plaistow really is a shithole, from the garish mortgage specialist sign all the way up 125 trough the used car lots.

I agree , so far Epping is doing a better job planning

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

shrines to drugs...
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Yeah, but at least it's easy to park there....umm, wait...




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