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Bass Pro Shops set to open Feb. 19 in Hooksett

The Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center on Commerce Drive in Hooksett will open for business Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting.

The 139,000-square-foot store is part of a chain that sells camping, fishing, hunting, boating and other outdoor gear – and it features trappings designed to command attention.

“Customers will enter the store through a birch tree forest,” the company said in a statement. “The lobby, which is designed to resemble an old hunting lodge’s trophy room, features a large, stacked rock fireplace. . . . Two fighting moose, antlers locked in a death grip, are displayed above the turnstiles.”

Other displays inside include:

∎ A mural of Lake Winnipesaukee, transitioning into the Merrimack River.

∎ A mural of the Ammonoosuc River with a 3-D diorama featuring brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout.

∎ A mural featuring Franconia Notch State Park and Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge.

∎ A mural highlighting the Presidential Mountain range and the Flume.

∎ A 13,000-gallon fish tank stocked with more than 150 fish native to the area.

Branching out

There’s banking news in Franklin and Tilton.

Service Credit Union has opened a branch inside the Tilton Walmart. It is the credit union’s 25th branch in the state, and its 12th in-store branch.

It is the first branch in Belknap County, according to a company statement.

In addition, Service Credit Union has agreed to buy the Members First Franklin branch office at 886 Central St. If approved by regulators, the sale would be completed by the end of May.

Service Credit Union traces its history to 1957, when a group of eight men formed the Portsmouth Air Force Base Federal Credit Union.

Dental opening

Also in Tilton, Aspen Dental has opened a practice at 17 Lowes Drive. The lead dentist at the office will be Dr. Young Chan Park, who was trained at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. The Tilton practice is Aspen Dental’s 11th in New Hampshire.

Worthy grant

The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a $4,400 grant to Partnership for Successful Living, a nonprofit that provides housing, health care, education and employment services to the needy in southern New Hampshire. In addition to its presence in Greater Concord, the bank has an office in Nashua.

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