GourmetGiftBaskets.com Celebrates Construction Of New Headquarters In Exeter, NH

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GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the fastest-growing online retailers of gifts, celebrates construction of its new headquarters in Exeter, NH, with state and local dignitaries.

NH Governor Maggie Hassan praises GourmetGiftBaskets.com CEO Ryan Abood at a recent event celebrating the construction of a new facility to accommodate the popular online retailer's rapid growth.

This is exciting for GourmetGiftBaskets.com, for Exeter and for the State of New Hampshire. It provides good paying, high quality jobs for our people and it spurs on the economy in New Hampshire, so we all benefit.

State and local officials, business leaders, and employees joined GourmetGiftBaskets.com earlier this month to celebrate the construction of the company’s new headquarters in Exeter, NH. The popular online retailer joined forces with two New Hampshire-based firms: PROCON of Manchester, the designer and construction manager, and the Monahan Companies based in Nashua. Monahan Companies is the project developer of Garrison Glen Corporate Park where the new 106,600-square-foot manufacturing and distribution warehouse is currently under construction.

Festivities included celebratory speeches by attending dignitaries including New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan who opened by congratulating the company on its new headquarters. “This is exciting for GourmetGiftBaskets.com, for Exeter and for the State of New Hampshire. It provides good paying, high quality jobs for our people and it spurs on the economy in New Hampshire, so we all benefit. I want to support the blood, sweat and tears that have gotten you here. This company shows that anyone can come here, roll up their sleeves, work hard and see a great final product.”

GourmetGiftBaskets.com has occupied several New Hampshire locales over the past decade with the most recent in Kingston, where they have been since 2012. When it came to seeking a new location, the company wanted to keep its feet firmly planted in the Granite State. After years of searching, company leaders chose Exeter for the construction of their new home base.

As it happens, GourmetGiftBaskets.com approached Monahan Companies Owner Tom Monahan over a year ago about development on his Garrison Glen lot. Both companies mutually agreed to a deal, and negotiations with the Town of Exeter began for a summer 2016 start.

Exeter officials welcomed GourmetGiftBaskets.com with enthusiasm calling the company a “good fit” for their community, and an “ideal attraction” as part of the town’s economic development initiatives. GourmetGiftBaskets.com Chief Operations Officer Jeff Abood remarked, “The support in the community, the agencies involved, and the Town of Exeter have all been astonishing. Everyone involved has wanted this project to be a success, and it has proven to be just that. Exeter has welcomed us, and we are grateful to be here!”

Tom Monahan shares this overall enthusiasm stating, "We are very excited to welcome GourmetGiftBaskets.com as our newest corporate resident at Garrison Glen. We have developed a wonderful working relationship with the Abood family and are looking forward to watching their company grow and succeed here.” Garrison Glen Corporate Park is a 200-acre growing industrial/corporate development located off exit 9 of NH 101.

Tom added, “The ideally located park is also home to companies such as F.W. Webb, Cobham and North American Power. It is my hope that other businesses will see that Exeter and Garrison Glen are open for business."

Jeff Abood, along with his brother, Founder and CEO, Ryan Abood, come from a family of serial entrepreneurs, including their parents, David and Trudy, who have owned and operated several New Hampshire businesses over the years. The two brothers grew up working in those establishments. One of them was Chalifour’s Flower Shop in Manchester, NH, and it was in the basement of the family florist that the two brothers and their mother, Vice President Trudy Abood, began making gift baskets. The success of the customized baskets led them to realize the enormous potential of providing handmade, high-quality gift baskets on a larger scale.

In 2002, Ryan launched the idea as a separate business and GourmetGiftBaskets.com was born. In the last 14 years, the company has built its reputation on the quality, beauty, and diversity of its offerings, along with service that includes same-day delivery of some gift baskets.

Still privately owned and family-run, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has grown into a recognizable name in the national online gift-giving market, as sales have exploded nationwide. The online retailer has placed multiple times on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies list, and is currently ranked at #238 as “One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S.” Such exponential growth made the eventual move to a larger facility a necessity.

The deal is even “sweeter” for Jeff Abood because of GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s long association with PROCON that finally materialized into a project. “Our relationship with PROCON has been nothing short of amazing. I have worked with their Director of Business Development Paul Roy on several projects in the past and his company always works to create the best building for us. Paul and I share an extra special excitement that this particular project has come to fruition after several attempts in the past. I know that PROCON will deliver a great building, because they have a proven track record that holds true to that.”

Jeff was quick to add, “A particular game-changer moment for me on this project was that PROCON, Monahan Companies, and the Town of Exeter truly believed in GourmetGiftBaskets.com and its team. Everyone worked so hard from the beginning and between PROCON, Monahan’s team and GourmetGiftBaskets.com – it’s a perfect all-star team where the best-of-the-best have partnered up!”

The new GourmetGiftBaskets.com headquarters, hi-bay manufacturing/warehousing and distribution facility is comprised of offices, assembly lines, 14 dock doors for shipping/receiving, extensive storage and will also be home to GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s sister companies, KingOfPOP.com, Cheesecake.com, and Strawberries.com.

The site also includes a 99-car parking lot and a loading dock on the north side of the building, with connections to the town’s water and sewer. Current work includes installation of the exterior metal wall panels and roofing, with an expected project completion in the winter of 2017.

GourmetGiftBaskets.com was founded with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million-dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc. 500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. The company has built its reputation on the quality, beauty, and diversity of its offerings along with service that includes same-day delivery of some gift baskets.

PROCON is a single-source, design-build firm specializing in industrial, aviation, commercial, institutional, hospitality, senior living, mixed-use, and multi-family residential projects throughout the Northeast. As a third-generation company celebrating 81 years of business, PROCON is built on long-term partnerships and a steadfast commitment to client success. Its one-stop shopping approach to architecture, engineering and construction management means that every solution is just down the hall.

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