Big Apple reopens in Corinna a year after fire

Firefighters work at the scene of a fire at the Big Apple store in Corinna on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.
Firefighters work at the scene of a fire at the Big Apple store in Corinna on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.
Posted Oct. 31, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.

CORINNA, Maine — Fourteen months after a fire destroyed the Big Apple convenience store on Route 7, a new state-of-the-art facility has replaced it on the same site.

Maine-based C.N. Brown Co. on Monday announced that the new Big Apple store is now open and will hold a grand-opening celebration Nov. 3-5.

“There are chances to win fabulous door prizes,” said C.N. Brown President Jinger Duryea. “We have a number of items coming from various vendors and suppliers.”

Many items will be marked down for the reopening, including coffee at 19 cents per cup and a large pizza for $5.

“I know there are a lot of items [for which] the prices has been reduced quite a bit to thank the customers,” said Duryea.

Duryea said the process of replacing the burned-out store was slowed by winter and other store projects, including a new location in Portsmouth, N.H. Hurricane Irene damaged another New Hampshire store.

“Corinna’s always been really good to us,” she said. “It was never a question about whether we were going to rebuild. It was just a matter of what the offering would be. I think what we built is fantastic.”

Duryea said the Big Apple has a much larger section for groceries and now has a deli operation as well. Chester’s Fried Chicken has also been added.

“It is quite a hit in the Corinna area, which we are quite happy about,” said Duryea.

The Big Apple is still a licensed Agency Liquor Store and has a touchless “Pay at the Pump” payment system.

Duryea said the whole site was completely revamped. The old gasoline tanks and pipes were replaced along with the building.

“We’re good for another 30 years,” she said.

Duryea added that Bert Andrews and Tina Page are back to run the store.

Duryea praised Corinna’s town government for working with C.N. Brown in replacing the store.

“The selectmen and the planning board of Corinna and the code enforcement people couldn’t have been more helpful,” said Duryea. “They were wonderful to deal with.”

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