NH seeks new tenants for Hampton Beach retail spot

April 21, 2013 • Business

FILE – In this Friday, June 1, 2012 file photo, beach goers head walk by the newly renovated Seashell entertainment complex and visitor center at Hampton Beach, N.H. The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking a new tenant for a small retail space within the new Seashell Complex at Hampton Beach State Park. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Sea stars and scallops, barnacles and baleen are among those competing to move into a prime bit of real estate at Hampton Beach State Park.

Besides a new performance stage, bathhouses, boardwalks and meeting spaces, the $14.5 million beach redevelopment project completed last year also included a small retail store selling New Hampshire-branded goods. But it wasn’t much of a money maker, so the state is seeking new tenants to take over the space.

The change is part of a larger effort to generate money for the state’s struggling park system, the only one in the nation that relies solely on user fees to cover its operating costs.

“We have high expectations around generating revenue, and we have high expectations around quality of service,” said Philip Bryce, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation.

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