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Movie theater, restaurants proposed for Salem mall

Monday, March 20, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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Movie theater, restaurants proposed for Salem mall
By Melissa Proulx

Redevelopment of the parking lot behind Sears at the Mall at Rockingham Park could be coming sometime in the near future.

The plan would be to put in a 10-screen cinema as well as four sit-down, casual restaurants in the roughly 14-acre space. The hope is that these businesses would provide more amenities for residents and visitors while utilizing the abundance of largely unused land in the parking lot.

“It really is a redevelopment opportunity that we’re pursuing here,” said Roy Tilsely, an attorney from Bernstein Shur in Manchester helping developers with the project.

Construction would mean the loss of the Sears Auto Center located in that space and the loss of 810 parking spaces overall, though developers said it will look into bringing that number down as the design process moves forward.

Already, Cinemark, a Texas-based movie theater company with more than 500 locations in the Unites States and Latin America, has signed on to the plans. Developers are still looking for restaurants interested in the four proposed lots. Read more at

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