DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

March 14, 2013

Business outlook good, Derry officials say

Derry officials are pleased with progress

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — Business is good, officials say.

The town’s business landscape is growing with new companies and stores opening their doors here, Town Administrator John Anderson said.

He gave a new business update to town councilors recently and said the list is growing of those companies wanting to be in Derry.

Some business plans are still in early stages and are appearing before various town boards for approvals and reviews.

Others are now open for business.

Ocean State Job Lot opens this week at the former Wal-Mart location at 30 Manchester Road. The Derry store is the 10th in New Hampshire.

“The entire Derry community has been very supportive of our opening and we’ve hired a great group of associates to work with us here,” store manager Marcel Cote said.

In addition to Ocean State, another new business nearby, Creative Chef Kitchens, celebrated with an open house last weekend. That business is located at Derry Meadows plaza, also on Manchester Road.

Other businesses coming to town include the Triangle Credit Union proposed to take over space at 3 Windham Road; another credit union may use the former People’s Bank location on Birch Street; and Cabinet Warehouse will move into the former Dollar Bill’s Discount World building on Rockingham Road.

Hillside Plaza also welcomes two new businesses, Anderson said. One Stop Graphics and Grooming at Tiffany’s are now open for business at the plaza, 127 Rockingham Road.

Another new business is the California Grille, hoping to open at 41 Crystal Ave. in the former Great America Subs building.

Anderson is pleased.

“We’ve got some activity going on,” he said.

Anderson said another major construction plan in town, Crystal Place, will begin soon.

Crystal Place will take the dilapidated former Standard Sash and Door building and surrounding land, and redevelop it into a mixed-use complex with retail stores, a free-standing restaurant and other businesses.

The 5 1/2-acre property at 23 Crystal Ave. is owned by the Derderian family. The Derderians bought the land in 1970, then moved the wood product operation from Crystal Avenue to a bigger facility on B Street. That facility, Merrimack Valley Wood Products, closed in 2010.