New Hampshire’s first welcome center public-private partnership project has been greeted with interest from both visitors and other states looking to wring revenue from highway rest stops.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation opened the new Hooksett Welcome Centers on Interstate 93 in 2015. New Hampshire entered into a 35-year ground lease with The Common Man family of restaurants at the rest areas, about 30 miles north of Massachusetts border, with the state receiving a percentage of the revenues. The two locations are projected to bring in four million visitors annually and deliver $38 million in rent revenue over the course of the lease.

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