The Common Man Taps New Hampshire Tourism Leader Tom Day as General Manager of New Hooksett Welcome Centers

Release Date: Apr 02,2014

For More Information Contact:

Rusty McLear, Partner
Granite State Hospitality, LLC
(603) 677-8652

ASHLAND, NH – Long-time New Hampshire ski and tourism industry leader Tom Day has been selected by Granite State Hospitality, LLC as general manager of the new Welcome Centers currently under construction on Interstate 93 north and south in Hooksett.

Day started his career in New Hampshire’s ski industry in 1978 as a lift attendant at Waterville Valley Resort.  He worked his way up to Director of Mountain Operations, and in 1997 was named Vice President and General Manager of the mountain resort.  Day held that position at Waterville Valley until his departure in 2010 when he became Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Dome Industries, a manufacturing business in Warwick, RI.

“Tom brings a wealth of knowledge in large-scale hospitality and facilities operations, and has a keen sense of the tourism landscape here in New Hampshire,” said Alex Ray, owner of The Common Man family of restaurants and partner in Granite State Hospitality, LLC, with Rusty McLear of Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith.  “His years of work in our state’s tourism and hospitality sectors are valuable to our new project and we look forward to working together on opening these unique welcome centers with him.”

Day grew up in Falmouth, Maine and Londonderry, New Hampshire and attended Manchester Memorial High School and Plymouth State College.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Ski NH and the Greater Waterville Chamber of Commerce.  He was named among Business New Hampshire Magazine’s“25 Leaders of the Future” in 2000 and was honored as Ski NH’s Lobbyist of the Year in 2005.

The Hooksett Welcome Centers redevelopment project is constructing new buildings on both sides of the highway that will feature a mill-building architectural style and house all Common Man food options in a food court setting, including a 1950s style diner, an Italian Farmhouse restaurant, a deli, and a breakfast shop. A 24-hour convenience store, two new NH State Liquor & Wine Outlet stores, a bank branch, and an interactive and informative visitors center are also part of the redevelopment plan. 


Sixteen Irving Oil fueling stations for passenger vehicles will be added at each location, and a test run of plug-in stations for electric vehicles will launch at the new facilities. When completed, the project will bring an estimated 137 new full-time jobs to the area.

Under a 35-year ground lease with the State of New Hampshire, The Common Man family of restaurants is funding the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of both service areas, with the exception of the NH Liquor and Wine Outlet stores, which will be funded and operated by the NH Liquor Commission.  The new 20,000-square-foot NH Liquor and Wine Outlet stores will more than double the size of the existing stores.

Both existing Hooksett Welcome Centers, as well as the existing NH Liquor and Wine Outlet stores, remain open throughout the construction project. The new Hooksett Welcome Centers are scheduled for completion in April 2015. 

For construction updates, site plans and downloadable renderings and photos, please .

Founded in 1971 by owner Alex Ray, the Common Man family is made up of 16 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.  Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack and Windham; The Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; The Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; and The Common Man Company Store in Ashland. For more information, visit or become a fan on Facebook at and find them on Twitter @thecmannh.


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