Bob Sena and his crew were hard at work on Wednesday afternoon renovating a 1,900 square foot space on State Street that will soon be home to Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.
The Oklahoma-based frozen yogurt chain has added seven new shops in Massachusetts with three more in New Hampshire, including Portsmouth, Exeter and Hampton. According to Meredith Lynn, an Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt spokesperson, the three New Hampshire shops are scheduled to open in October.
Sena, the construction manager for Eastern Construction of Saugus, Mass., said their goal is get the Portsmouth shop ready by Columbus Day weekend. When finished, he said it would be a bright and airy space with lots of tiles and offer patrons 16 frozen yogurt flavors with 28 toppings.
Sena said the two Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchisees, Robin Bernson and Dave McDonald, started their lease with the property owner in April. They also obtained all of the needed permits from the city's Planning Board and Historic District Commission.
Overall, Sena was optimistic the construction crew would complete their renovation work by the Columbus Day weekend.
"Construction is like making a cake where you put in all of the ingredients and you bake it in the oven and hope it comes out right," Sena said.