HERMON, Maine — Community and business leaders gathered together Monday in Hermon to announce an expansion of the Hermon Shopping Center on U.S. Route 2 that will add an estimated 50 new jobs.
Ron Harriman, economic development director for the town, welcomed representatives from expected new tenants Hermon True Value Hardware and Family Dollar, along with current tenants Danforth’s Supermarket, Seaboard Federal Credit Union, Dunkin’ Donuts and Fresh Dough Pizza Co.
Construction will begin immediately and the new retailers are expected to open sometime in the spring.
Hermon True Value is a partnership between businessmen Rich Pfirman and Tom Tilson, both of Tilson’s True Value, a fourth-generation, family-owned hardware store in Dexter.
“It was love at first sight,” Tilson said of the Hermon location. “We are so proud to be part of this town’s growth.”
The True Value Corp. recently created a new store concept that provides superior product selection, a friendly physical layout and enhanced lighting and decor, according to Pfirman.
“Hermon will be one of the first stores in the nation to have this fresh, updated format,” said Pfirman. “We feel residents will be very proud of their new store from day one.”
The Hermon Shopping Center, which opened in 2007 first with Danforth’s, is owned by Bangor developer Tom Ellis, who manages property from Presque Isle to Fairfield, including the Great Skates amusement center and Sunrise Plaza in Bangor. Ellis has always planned to expand the Hermon shopping facility.
The two new retailers will add 30,000 square feet of space and an estimated 50 new full- and part-time retail jobs.