By THOMAS P. CALDWELL
LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — The owner of a self-storage facility near the Laconia Airport will hold a grand opening celebration this weekend to mark the completion of a new set of storage units on the hillside behind his home base.
Richard Letendre, owner of New Hampshire Self Storage, said his company has a temporary occupancy permit for the property and now needs only to complete the landscaping and grounds work, which includes plantings, to obtain a permanent permit from the town.
"It is renting up quickly," he said, and he plans to order a second building once the permanent permit is in place.
The grand opening on Saturday will include a live broadcast by Mix 94.1FM, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., to promote the climate-controlled "Big Boy Storage Box" that is available for boat storage or other uses, available in sizes up to 40 feet deep, with 12- by 14-foot-wide insulated, power-operated panel doors.
The "toy box" units offer individual access around the perimeter of the building, while climate-controlled interior units also are available. The property also has full coverage by security cameras.
"We do expect a good acceptance by the public," Letendre said, adding that he is working on plans to add more storage on the upper lot.
New Hampshire Self Storage also has locations in Hooksett, Manchester, Meredith, Wolfeboro, and Shawmut, Massachusetts.