Sneak peek at the Hooksett Welcome Center, opening soon

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“This theme, here, is you can work here, you can live here, you can start a business here; NH is a fabulous state.” – Ward D’Elia, project architect

Ward D'Elia describes the interior of the new state welcome center beyond the Hooksett tolls.
Ward D\’Elia describes the interior of the new state welcome center beyond the Hooksett tolls.

If you’re a frequent driver along Interstate 93, you’ve watched the Hooksett Welcome Center redevelopment take shape on both sides of the highway.

It has been a pretty amazing project that is coming together out of a unique public-private partnership (between the State of New Hampshire and Granite State Hospitality).

Coming together quickly, we might add. In a little more than a month, the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet Stores will open on both sides of the highway, along with the convenience store and the restrooms on the northbound side. Those amenities will open southbound in December and a grand opening for both centers will happen next spring.

If you are a just-the-facts kind of person, here are some interesting stats:

– About 200 workers are on site daily at the two centers;

– Over 95 percent of the workers, contractors, subcontractors and materials are from New Hampshire;

– Monthly construction expenditures average about $3 million;

– Over 3 million visitors will stop at the centers annually.

We took a tour recently of the northbound center, which, you will see in the video, is coming along nicely. What a great way to greet visitors on their journeys to the Granite State.

Lorna Colquhoun is Communications Director for the NH Division of Economic Development.


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  • nhcstewart

    A covered bridge indoors, are you kidding me? Nothing like taking some of our cultural heritage and exploiting it by turning it into Disney or Vegas. The wood covered steel superstructure is bad enough in a state that has some of the best timber framers in the country, but now this? Sure, we needed a new welcome center, but is this the best we could have done? I think not and I am terribly disappointed that this is the message about New Hampshire that we chose communicate at our “welcome centers”.