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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013

Communications Office

Hooksett Welcome Centers Redevelopment Approved by Governor and Executive Council
$32 Million Public-Private Project Will Create Jobs, Provide Travelers with Restaurants and Fuel Stations

CONCORD - An innovative private-public partnership that will redevelop and upgrade the Hooksett Welcome Centers on Interstate 93 (Everett Turnpike) will get underway later this year.

Governor Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council today approved a lease agreement that will provide a major upgrade of the northbound and southbound facilities that will include restaurants, fuel pumps and an interactive visitor's center.

"This innovative collaboration between the public and private sector will help boost our economy and ensure that visitors to the Granite State receive the kind of welcome that makes them want to return again and again," Governor Hassan said. "Not only will the project create more than an estimated 130 long-term jobs and spur economic growth, but the beautiful new welcome centers in Hooksett will greet visitors with a uniquely New Hampshire style that highlights what makes our state so special."

"This is a win-win for the State of New Hampshire and for travelers," says NH Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement. "New Hampshire will benefit from two completely modern service centers that will provide a wide range of services for motorists on the I-93 corridor."

Granite State Hospitality, LLC (Common Man Restaurants) will design, finance, build, operate, and maintain the service areas under a 35-year lease agreement with the State of New Hampshire.

Each new 36,000-square-foot building will feature a New Hampshire "mill-building architectural style" and will include a 1950s style diner, Italian farmhouse, old-time deli, coffee and breakfast shop, country style convenience store, an interactive visitor center, and a State liquor and wine outlet. Other amenities will include 20 gas pumps, restrooms, a bank, vending space, drive-thru window, and a pet-walk area.

The State of New Hampshire expects to receive a minimum of $23 million in rent over the lease period, which could increase to over $39 million based upon concessions and gas sales.

Plans call for both new service-area facilities to open in April 2015.