By Julie Huss email@example.com
---- — DERRY — New businesses are beginning to dot the Derry landscape and officials feel good about what lies ahead.
Four new businesses are planning to open in the next several months, including a new downtown business and three others at different plazas.
That’s good news for Derry officials and the interest keeps growing.
“We’ve seen three or four (new businesses) in the last four weeks,” Planning Director George Sioras said.
At Derry Meadows Shoppes on Manchester Road, Creative Chef Kitchens has leased a 2,481-square-foot storefront and will open a commercial kitchen to rent out to bakers, professional chefs, home chefs, instructors and other food enthusiasts.
The space is handled by Summit Realty Partners and is scheduled to open later this year.
It will be a shared kitchen space business incubator and accelerator for those who many want to someday begin their own food business.
“It’s a new concept and will have everything laid out,” Sioras said. “(This concept) has been very successful.”
Derry Meadows plaza is anchored by Hannaford, Workout Club and the nearby Five-Star Cinemas.
The New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet renewed its lease for its 5,500-square-foot store at Derry Meadows.
Chris McMahon of Summit Realty previously worked on business projects with the new Pinkerton Place stores, including Woof Meow and Goodwill, also on Manchester Road.
He said the new kitchen business at Derry Meadows will be a good fit.
“It’s something that will drive people to the plaza,” he said, “and will be beneficial to everyone in the center.”
Other new businesses with eyes on Derry include a frozen yogurt store at the Citizens Bank Plaza on Crystal Avenue, Carina’s Cakes on Crystal Avenue at Plaza One, and the Cask and Vine wines on Broadway in downtown Derry.
People are interested in Derry.
“We are seeing an uptick,” Sioras said. “We are seeing the community development and we are very happy about that.”
As the Route 28 widening project near the new Walmart gets set to wind down this month, business may continue to boom in that area of town as well.
Public Works director Mike Fowler said Route 28 work was “down to the home stretch” and targeted to end by Nov. 5. But the recent storm may alter that timeline.
“Everything is weather dependent,” he said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience.”
McMahon said seeing the construction end and new businesses grow is a success story.
“The biggest reward is seeing the construction and everything be completed,” he said. “It’s exciting.”
Sioras said developers are showing interest in properties up past Walmart off Ashleigh Drive as the construction project nears its end.
“I think people are positive,” Sioras said. “People are looking at space, the downtown, too, and we’ve been steady for several months. It’s good news.”