Lakeside Property

What’s subsequent for Rusty McLear after the sale of his iconic lakeside inns?

MEREDITH — The sale of the 4 resort properties which have helped this lakeside group develop into a tourism vacation spot is being welcomed as excellent news based mostly on the status of the customer.



Procaccaianti Firms, a New England-based, second-generation privately held actual property and hospitality providers group has acquired Hampshire Hospitality Holdings LLC., the operators of Mill Falls on the Lake since 1985.

The acquisition contains 4 separate resort buildings, 5 eating places, the Cascade Spa, an 11-tenant retail complicated referred to as the Market and a Lake Exercise Middle.

Hampshire Hospitality Holdings is the biggest employer in Meredith. In 2018, the LLC was additionally the city’s largest single taxpayer, contributing $382,546.62 to its coffers.

City Supervisor Phil Warren mentioned he doesn’t count on native authorities will expertise any influence because of the change in possession.

“I believe Rusty McLear continues to be going to be the lively citizen and resident that he has all the time been,” mentioned Warren.

On Monday, sitting in a wingback chair within the library at Church Touchdown — his favourite room among the many 4 inns — McLear, the previous president of HHH, mentioned James Procaccaianti, whose firm made the acquisition, has the monetary wherewithal to make the enterprise even higher.

“They employed virtually all the workers and let go solely two or three,” McLear mentioned. His spouse, Jodie Hebert, director of visitor providers, was not stored on.

He agreed that the sale shouldn’t be interpreted as retirement. He has moved his workplace from the Mill Falls Market to the previous Grad home at 86 Essential St.

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He and former NASCAR driver Brad Leighton have lately bought the previous Robertson property on the intersection of Parade Highway and Route three in Meredith.

The hilltop website affords a commanding view of Lake Winnipesaukee. McLear, 73, envisions restoring the New England farmhouse on the property and the post-and-beam barn that the majority lately housed a classic e-book promoting enterprise.

He has retained possession of Meredith Station, an Irving gasoline station and comfort retailer at 294 Daniel Webster Freeway, abutting the Chase Home Inn. McLear’s relationship with Irving had an uncommon begin, however has confirmed fruitful.

He came upon who was in control of actual property for the privately held enterprise, referred to as him and expressed an curiosity within the property.

“He mentioned, ‘Son, we’re within the enterprise of shopping for gasoline stations, not promoting them,’ ” McLear recounted.

He went on to clarify that he had successfully landlocked them by shopping for up all of the land across the station, and that the DOT had plans to widen Route three, which might consequence within the lack of their pumps. He left the implication that he wouldn’t promote them any land to put in new underground tanks.

The change quickly led to the bargaining desk, and McLear and Irving efficiently partnered in a number of ventures, together with the remainder stops that he and restaurateur Alex Ray in-built Hooksett on I-93 in 2015.

They’ve plans for the same relaxation space in New Hampton and have already began development on a Widespread Man Roadstop on Tenney Mountain Freeway in Plymouth.

Purple Hill Automotive on Route 25, close to the Middle Harbor/Moultonborough city line, is one other Irving-owned property which will bear a McLear makeover.

Mill Falls on the Lake continues a latest pattern of acquisitions by Procaccianti Firms. In March, they acquired two 17th century inns on Nantucket Island – The Veranda Home and the Chapman Home. They now personal and function a few dozen boutique, impartial and/or historic resorts and accommodations all through the U.S., in line with Ralph Izzi Jr., Vice President of Public Affairs. The corporate controls greater than 30,000 guestrooms in 31 states.

“Mill Falls on the Lake is a outstanding vacation spot our household has admired and visited for many years,” mentioned James Procacccianti, president and Chief Govt Officer of Procaccianti Firms, headquartered in Cranston, R.I. “Alternatives to function heirloom-quality, historic properties like Mill Falls are extraordinarily uncommon and we really feel privileged to be the brand new custodians of the super legacies the corporate has established throughout the group.”

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