New Merrimack Village Mall owner plans to spruce up look with facade, signs

MERRIMACK – Ben Gamache is looking to the future, especially when it comes to his newest purchase, the Merrimack Village Mall.

“We’re looking at putting a new facade on the exterior of the building,” he said in a telephone interview after the purchase was announced, “signage and other things.

“We’ve got architects designing it now, so it’s not in the final phase because we just bought it. We want to make it look kind of 2000ish, not 1970ish.”

The purchase was made by Gamache’s City Bay Realty LLC, for a reported $1,350,000, but despite the price and continued problems with the economy, Gamache is optimistic.

“Obviously, the mall is situated in a great location (46 Daniel Webster Highway),” he said. “There’s high traffic over there and of course entry and exiting the mall, with a set of lights, that’s a big convenience.”

He did say it was “risky to buy at this time” but he thinks refurbishing and modernizing along with a new facade will keep the property viable.

“I spoke to all the businesses (that operate at the mall), and they all indicated they’re planning to continue there now,” he said.

The mall is home to about a dozen businesses, according to a press release issued by Grubb & Ellis/Northern New England, which sold the property to Gamache for Adrien Labrie Jr. and family, which owned the property since 1969.

Gamache is hoping to attract new businesses, once his refurbishing is complete.

“I think if a business is looking to expand or move their offices or retail, they should look at this because it would be a great home for them,” he said.

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