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Merrimack Valley NH

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Merrimack Valley NH

Could anyone tell me what shopping outlet or otherwise is available on Route 3 Merrimack Valley?

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1. Re: Merrimack Valley NH

I know there are plenty of shopping malls in that area. If you are flying into Manchester NH airport, stop at the Visitors Center and check with the Granite State Ambassador on duty. They represent the state and have loads of info on things to do and services all over NH. You can also try the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce web site. When is your trip?

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You might want to be a bit more specific about the area that you are looking for. The Merrimack River runs down through a good portion of the state, into Massachusetts and out to sea in Newburyport. The Merrimack Valley could refer to any number of cities with varying shopping oppoprtunities. Moving from south to north, the cities are Nashua, Manchester, Concord, Franklin/Tilton. Further north is no significant shopping.

Nashua has a large shopping mall - Pheasant Lane Mall. It is along Rte 3, also called the Daniel Webster Highway. Besides the mall, there is a mile or two of continuous shopping plazas, probably the most dense shopping in NH. Large stores and small, chains and privately or locally owned stores, plenty of restaurants, car dealerships, etc.

In Manchester, the largest city in the state, the shopping mall is The Mall of New Hampshire. It is located on South Willow Street, which crosses the highway, I-293, near the airport. It also has a couple of miles of shopping plazas, stores, etc. It is only slightly less dense than Nashua. There is also a large shopping area along Rte 3 in Bedford which runs into the west side of Manchester.

Concord, the state capitol, is a smaller city than Nashua or Manchester. Nevertheless, there is The Steeplegate Mall, and many stores nearby, especially a recent growth in "Box Stores", large warehouse sized specialty or discount stores that usually are not connected to the other stores nearby. The same box stores are in Nashua, Manchester, and practically every other city in the country. Likewise, most of the stores in the malls will appear in almost every mall in the country.

All three cities have nice downtown areas with several blocks of shops. These tend to be more unique as many are locally owned. You may find merchandise that you wouldn't find in the national chain stores. Each is worth exploring, but best to do in the daytime, as stores close many of the evenings. In Nashua and Concord, it is Main Street. In Manchester, it is Elm Street.

In Tilton, further north on I-93, is an outlet mall. Outlet stores are stores operated by the manufacturer where they sell only their own merchandise. The merchandise is discounted, and may include discontinued items or styles, overstocked items, factory seconds, etc. The prices are usually good, and sometimes you can get some excellent deals.

Is there something particular you are looking for? Or particular kinds of stores that you want to explore? Or is there a particular area that you will be, and would like to know what is nearby?

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