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State liquor store is planned for Epping

Union Leader Correspondent

April 30. 2014 8:12PM

EPPING — The N.H. Liquor Commission said it selected a “highly visible and easily accessible” location for a new 12,000-square-foot outlet store in Epping expected to open next summer.

The NHLC selected the site in Epping over other locations, including a nearby state-owned Park & Ride, in a process that lasted several years.

“After much due diligence, we determined that Brickyard Square was the ideal location for the long-awaited Epping store. Construction is slated to begin this summer and doors could officially open to customers in 12 months,” NHLC Chairman Joseph W. Mollica said in a release.

The new store would join many existing businesses in Brickyard Square, including Michaels, GNC, Subway, Market Basket, O’Neil Cinemas, Marshalls, 900 Degrees Wood Fired Pizzeria and Popovers on the Square, according to the release.

In 2013, the state allocated $3.88 million for the project. Construction is expected to begin within the next three months, and the store will be built by the owner of Brickyard Square for up to $3.5 million, according to E.J. Powers, NHLC spokesman.

“The remainder of the capital appropriation will cover costs for shelving, distinct lighting and other special features within the store to create a more desirable shopping experience for consumers,” Powers said in an e-mail.

As the state estimated about 61,000 vehicles pass along Routes 101 and 125 each day, officials believe the new location will generate $6 million in gross sales in its first year.

Since 2010, the NHLC relocated or renovated 14 outlet stores throughout the state, including in Bedford, Concord, Gilford, Hampstead, Lebanon, Lincoln, Manchester, Merrimack, Nashua, North Hampton, Peterborough, Plaistow, Portsmouth and West Chesterfield. The NHLC operates 77 retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 9 million customers each year, according to the release.

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