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UNFI opens Londonderry distribution facility, Keller Williams Metro readies charity auction … and more
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 19 for Dakota Partners’ Friars Court at 6 Dakota Drive, Hudson, which the developer says is the first and only family-affordable housing community in the town. Shown at the ceremony are, from left: Marc Daigle, Dakota principal/CEO; Roberto Arista, Dakota principal/president; Nate Bondini, senior loan officer, TD Bank; Hudson Town Planner Brian Groth; Jeremy Vieira, Dakota development director; Kara Roy, chairperson, Hudson Selectboard; Robert Dapice, CEO, NH Housing; Robert Charest of Boston Financial; Stacey Fuller, Maloney Properties’ senior property manager; and Sean Donnelly, project manager for Dakota.

Providence, R.I.-based grocery distributor United Natural Foods Inc. has opened a 125,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center in Londonderry. The company, the largest publicly traded wholesale distributor of health and specialty food in North America, now operates 57 distribution centers and warehouses nationwide. The Londonderry location gives it three in New England, joining one in Chesterfield, NH, and another in Dayville, Conn. UNFI supplies more than 30,000 retailers in the U.S. and Canada, including natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, e-commerce retailers and foodservice providers. It is Whole Foods Market’s main supplier, with that chain’s traffic making up over a third of UNFI’s revenue in 2018.

North Branch Construction, Concord, recently completed the Dartmouth Graduate Student Housing Project at 401 Mt. Support Rd. in Lebanon. The project includes four four-story apartment buildings with a total of 309 one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments. The project, built on a 53-acre greenfield site owned by Dartmouth, was developed by Michaels Student Living LLC of Camden, N.J., which owns and manages the community with a long-term ground lease from Dartmouth. JSA Inc. of Portsmouth was the architectural design firm and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin of Bedford provided civil and landscape engineering services.

North Branch also recently completed construction of the SIG Sauer Experience Center in Epping, a two-story, 40,500-square-foot facility that includes a 6,000-square-foot retail showroom, indoor shooting ranges and a high-tech interactive museum kind educational experience Design-Build services were provided by North Branch and Cowan Goudreau Architects, also of Concord.

Keller Williams Metro, Manchester, will hold its 16th annual KW Charity Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. The event will feature live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes, refreshments and music. Money raised will support several local charities, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters of New Hampshire; Boys & Girls Club of Manchester; Girls At Work; Granite United Way; ROCA Kidz Club; SEE Science Center; and Waypoint New Hampshire. The 2022 KW Charity Auction is sponsored by KW Metro, Guild Mortgage, Blue Water Mortgage Corp., Monarch Title Services, Cohen Closing & Title, Kent Clean Septic, Radius Financial Group and Boufford Insurance Agency.

The Bedford Department of Public Works has received full accreditation from the American Public Works Association. Accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the agency is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s public works management practices manual.

Richard Palermo has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as vice president and mortgage loan originator. He has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 12 years focused on residential lending. Most recently working for Wells Fargo as senior credit manager before transitioning to the role of home mortgage consultant.

Ellen Groh, executive director of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, has been named the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Citizen of the Year. She will be recognized at the chamber’s 103rd Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year Award event on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. As its leader, Ellen Groh has greatly expanded Concord Coalition to End Homelessness’s ability to provide critical, sometimes life-saving, services to individuals experiencing homelessness, officials said. It now serves between 250 and 300 individuals every month, providing everything from coffee to showers, housing, medical supplies, case management and other items and services.

U-Haul Moving and Storage has completed expansion of one of its Nashua locations, adding 600 self-storage rooms, the company announced. The self-storage rooms at the 476 Amherst St. facility feature individual alarms and climate-control options. The 7.2-acre property now features a two-story, 76,000-square-foot building with a retail showroom, a warehouse for U-Box portable storage containers and a drive-in bay for professional hitch installation, according to the company.

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