HOOKSETT — Merchants Fleet plans to move to a new corporate headquarters in Hooksett this summer, following a period of steady growth company officials described as unprecedented.
The Granite State-based nationwide fleet management company signed a 10-year-lease on a floor of 14 Central Park Drive in Hooksett. It says the move from its current Hooksett Road headquarters will allow the company to build on its legacy of delivering the most innovative fleet management experience to clients.
Merchants says it’s bringing in a team of architects, space planners, designers and construction managers to redesign the space with an emphasis on collaborative spaces company officials believe will help to drive innovation.
“If we want our teams to be more innovative, we need to create that environment,” said Merchants Fleet Director of Marketing Tracey Durocher. “That includes colors, spaces, seating, desks, wellness center.”
The move also represents a component of Merchants’ FleetiQ initiative, a program centered on recruiting experienced fleet management professionals to relocate to New Hampshire and work for the 57-year-old fleet management company.
“Attracting and retaining the brightest minds in the fleet industry through our FleetiQ Program is a major component of our strategy for 2019, which is heavily focused on innovation,” said Brendan Keegan, CEO of Merchants, in a statement. “We are excited to develop a space for our employees that supports creative thinking, wellness, and collaboration, and we’re proud to stay in the community that Merchants has supported for decades.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a busy year for Merchants Fleet, reporting a 5,000 vehicle increase in the number of new leases from 2018, broadening fleet services and the hiring of 150 new employees.
The company is currently the eighth largest fleet management company in the U.S.
Merchants Auto, the pre-owned dealership division of Merchants Automotive Group, will remain at its current location at 1278 Hooksett Road in Hooksett.