Mayor Ted Gatsas celebrates Grand Reopening of local small business

Mayor Gatsas cuts ribbon at opening of Hillsborough Market and is encouraged by Manchester’s small business owners

Manchester, NH – “Small businesses are the backbone of Manchester’s economy and this is an example that jobs are coming back”, declared Mayor Ted Gatsas last Monday at the Grand Re-opening of Hillsborough Market, a local neighborhood store located on the corner of Lincoln and Manchester St.  Also in attendance was George Kalantzis, the son of owner Betty Delisle, who is a Marine Staff Sergeant.  Sgt. Kalantzi is scheduled to leave for an eight month tour in Afghanistan after he returns to his California base.  “I know how much this store means to my mom and I am glad I am able to be here today before I leave for Afghanistan”, Sgt. Kalantzi said during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Hillsborough Market is like many of the neighborhood convenient stores in Manchester which serve the needs of the local neighborhood.  From plantain chips to fresh pineapples and mangos, stores like Hillsborough Market are a unique asset to Manchester’s neighborhoods.  “It nice to see so much support from the business community and local community, I can see many people from the neighborhood here today.” stated Mayor Gatsas. 

Senator Jeanne Shaheen even recognized the significance of another small business reopening its doors by sending a representative and a personalized letter.  “Small businesses like Hillsborough Market are the backbone of New Hampshire’s economy.  I know that this has been a very challenging year, and I commend you for your entrepreneurial spirit in these difficult economic times,” said Shaheen. “While we have seen some signs that our economy is starting to recover, we must continue to do more to ensure that small businesses are able to access credit and create jobs….”

The Hillsborough Market was a recipient of the cities Revolving Loan Fund which provides low-interest loans to small business owners through Manchester’s Economic Development Office (MEDO). “This opening could not have been possible if it were not for the Revolving Loan Fund and the help of MEDO”, stated Betty, “as a small business owner it is a great feeling to know you have people and organizations to turn to for help.”

On his way out the door Mayor Gatsas could not help but purchase one of the fresh pineapples from the store, “I have been eyeing this pineapple since I walked in here” he stated.  The Mayor has been making a habit of attending the grand openings of Manchester businesses to help highlight his commitment to economic vitality in the city and dedication to small business owners throughout the city.  

This Wednesday, March 10th at 3pm Mayor Gatsas will be attending the grand opening of Circa 1906 located at 1362 River Rd, a neighborhood delicatessen specializing in gourmet sandwiches and take-home meals.

For more information about the Hillsborough Market, please call Betty Delisle at 603.668.3700 or email