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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Merrimack board to take up Premium Outlets restaurants

MERRIMACK – Shoppers heading to the Merrimack Premium Outlets soon may have more dining options.

Members of the town Planning Board, set to meet Tuesday night, are scheduled to continue their review of a proposal to bring three restaurants in a single building to the entryway of the outlets center, under construction off Exit 10 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.

The center, which includes plans for a food court, is set to open to the public June 14. The restaurants would not open for several more months at least as the Planning Board continues its review.

Board members, who first considered the matter at a meeting in April, raised questions about parking, as well as traffic circulation. They could vote Tuesday to approve the matter, or they could hold onto it for further review.

As the plans stand now, the three restaurants, described as a coffee shop, a sandwich shop and one left unknown, would be within a single 6,000-square-foot building at the intersection of the mall’s central access road and Industrial Drive. A separate 4,500-square-foot bank would stand on the other end of the 2.7-acre parcel.

Two of the restaurants would hold 70 seats, while the third would have 50, according to the project plans. On the whole, the building would include about 90 parking spaces.

The project developer, the Thurloe Kensington Corp., has subdivided the land and is working on a purchase-and-sale agreement with the mall developer, Premium Outlets, of New Jersey.

After years of discussion and debate, the $100 million outlets center will include more than 100 clothing, home goods and other retail stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue. Banana Republic, Gap, Guess and J. Crew.

In total, the center is projected to generate more than $140 million in retail sales every year, as well as $1 million in annual property taxes.

Jake Berry can be reached at 594-6402 or