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Aroma Joe's, Planet Fitness and indoor trampoline park headed to Merrimack

Union Leader Correspondent

October 08. 2017 8:27PM
The storefront of the former Shaw's Plaza at 360 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack has been demolished. A new development dubbed Merrimack 360 is expected to open in the summer of 2018. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

MERRIMACK — After sitting vacant for about a decade, the developers of the former Shaw’s Plaza have announced some of the new tenants for the complex now undergoing a major makeover.

Aroma Joe’s, Altitude Trampoline Park, Planet Fitness, Dollar General and Lavish Nails have all signed contracts to lease space in the renovated plaza at 360 Daniel Webster Highway.

Two other tenants are finalizing leases, including an upscale Asian steakhouse and a hair salon, according to the developers.

“This facility is really going to transform this gateway of Merrimack,” said Robert Barsamian, president of OVP Management Inc. “There will be a whole new storefront and really, an entire new building.”

Significant changes have taken place at the site of the old Shaw’s grocery store, as the front walls of the dated retail space have all been demolished.

From left, Robert Barsamian of OVP Management, along with one of his partners, Mike Buckley, stand outside the former Shaw’s Plaza in Merrimack, which is currently under renovations. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

Plans include a 600-square-foot Aroma Joe’s coffee shop with a drive-through that will be housed on a new retail pad in the front of the property near the roadway. A tenant has not yet been secured for a 4,000-square-foot pad also on the front of the parcel.

The renovated building will include a 25,000-square-foot indoor Altitude Trampoline Park, 19,000-square-foot Planet Fitness, 7,500-square-foot Dollar General store, 2,000-square-foot Lavish Nails and a 1,000-square-foot franchise hair salon. 

“We did not want this to be an off-price strip center, but more of a family-friendly place,” Barsamian said from the site on Thursday. 

The developers hoped to find tenants that were activity-based and everyday convenience retailers, according to Mike Buckley, one of Barsamian’s partners. 

“The longevity of our site, I think, is promising,” said Buckley, adding the complex is still searching for an additional fashion or food tenant, and is hoping to secure a pizza parlor, burger shop or brewery. 

They both said that the new facility, which will be named Merrimack 360 — in part because of its physical address and in part because of its complete makeover — wants to include some local flavor into the development. 

TCD Construction Inc. of Peterborough is handling the work at the 14-acre site. Some of the tenants may be able to begin work inside of their individual spots in February, with the hope that most of the shopping center will be open during next summer. 

The old Shaw’s plaza has been sitting vacant for about a decade, and has become an eyesore in the community. The rejuvenation project includes improved parking, landscaping upgrades, different height elements, a new roof and possibly a partial glass facade. 

A separate proposal to convert the large parcel into an indoor go-kart complex was considered in 2015 but never came to fruition.

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