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April 30, 2014

Downtown Derry gets new business perks

Broadway stalwarts welcome new businesses to downtown

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Bud Evans of Derry Feed and Supply on Martin Street has seen a lot of changes since the store opened for business back in 1946. He is happy to see new businesses opening, but also said there still are things the downtown needs.

Evans said taxes are high and rents are high. He would like to see more of a police presence on Broadway.

"And I would like to see more people downtown," he said.

That is often a key sticking point.

Tom Hankins owns Backmann Florist on West Broadway and spearheaded a merchants group several years ago to talk about downtown issues. He said money is a key issue when it comes to revitalization talk. He supports putting someone in place to do specialized economic development to help bring those people to downtown Derry.

Derry's downtown is special to those now calling it home. Hankins hopes the town will do what's necessary to keep it vital.

"It's a good thing, it still has a wonderful, unique, historical charm," he said. "I'm hoping we can move forward."

Langley agreed and said sometimes days are long and tough, but he supports the downtown and wants it to succeed.

"It can be difficult at times," Langley said. "The economy is still hurting us all. But, in general, Derry is a good place."

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