June 23, 2018
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Rockland, Rockport to consider life without a Walmart

AP Photo | Seth Perlman
AP Photo | Seth Perlman
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Neighbors Rockland and Rockport will host the first of what is expected to be several forums to gather comments from the public about the future of a section of Route 1 when Walmart leaves later this year.

The Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee is holding the forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the University of Rockland at 91 Camden St. in the Breakwater Marketplace building.

The purpose of the meeting, according to the city, is to discuss the future of Camden Street from the intersection of Maverick Street in Rockland all the way into Glen Cove in Rockport.

“We want to hear what the public has to say and give the public a chance to hear what others have to say, too,” according to advisory committee Chairwoman Joanne Billington in a news release issued by the city. “Looking ahead 10 years from now, how do we want Camden Street and the surrounding neighborhoods to be developed into the best place in Maine to live, work, and play?”

Walmart is the largest retail building in Rockland, consisting of 94,000 square feet on the northern end of Route 1, also known as Camden Street. The Walmart building was constructed in 1993.

The company has received approval to build a new complex on Route 1 in Thomaston, about 3 miles from the current location.

Groundbreaking for the new Walmart is expected to occur next month and the store could open by Christmas.

Rockland Community Development Director Audrey Lovering said notices have been mailed to property owners along the stretch in an effort to be as thorough as possible to get feedback from the public and those directly affected by any changes.

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