‘Christmas’ in July! Retail chain to open store in Bangor this summer

Posted March 01, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
Last modified March 02, 2011, at 10:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The former Shaw’s Plaza off Hogan Road will become home to a new retail operation later this year.

Christmas Tree Shops is gearing up to open its third Maine store there in early July, a company customer service staff member confirmed Tuesday.

Bangor Code Enforcement Officer Dan Wellington said Tuesday that an estimated $100,000 in initial renovations at the former Shaw’s Plaza — which last year was renamed Christmas Tree Shops Plaza — began about a month ago.

The plaza is owned by Frost and Webber Associates, the development arm of Webber Energy Fuels, Wellington said.

The overhaul will involve, among other things, reconfiguring the interior walls to accommodate a 38,000-square-foot space that will house the Christmas Tree Shops store in the central part of the strip with retail spaces on either side, Wellington said.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday if tenants had been found for those spaces.  

The Shaw’s store that once was the anchor of the small commercial strip at 46 Springer Road closed in January 2009. Eventually other businesses that operated there also left, the most recent of them TD Bank, which Wellington said moved out about six weeks ago.

Wellington said Tuesday that the anticipated arrival of the Christmas Tree Shops store has been generating buzz in the community for months. He said until just recently, he had been fielding e-mails asking when the Bangor store would open from a city employee who is a huge fan of the chain.

Founded on Cape Cod in 1970, Christmas Tree Shops currently operates about 60 stores in 15 states. Christmas Tree Shops was bought by Bed Bath and Beyond in 2003. The chain is a leading retailer of home decor, gifts, housewares, food, paper goods and seasonal products.

Once open, the Bangor store will be the chain’s third and northernmost in Maine. The company’s existing Maine stores are at the Turnpike Mall in Augusta and the Christmas Tree Shops Plaza in Scarborough, according to its website, located at www.christmastreeshops.com.

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