MILO, Maine — A newly renovated supermarket with expanded produce lines will be open for business later this month.
An open house for the Hannaford-supplied Tradewinds Supermarket, owned by Chuck Lawrence and Dave Butterfield, will be held March 27. The first 500 customers will receive a free ham and prizes will be awarded during the grand opening, Lawrence said Wednesday.
The supermarket replaces the Milo Farmers Union IGA, which closed Feb. 11 when the property was sold to Tradewinds. Of the farmers union’s 29 employees, 24 applied for jobs in the new supermarket and 20 were hired, Lawrence said. In total, he added, 36 people have been hired to staff the new store, which will be run by Butterfield.
Lawrence said prices in the store will be competitive with the Bangor market. ‘’We’re focusing on keeping people in town with more variety and better prices,’’ he said. ‘’We’re hoping to help other local businesses create jobs.’’
Much work has been completed on the building in the past five weeks, including the installation of a new floor, walls, lighting, freezers and checkouts, according to Lawrence.
‘’I think people will be impressed in what we’ve been able to accomplish in six weeks,’’ he said.