Dollar Tree planning to open Lincoln store

Posted April 01, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2013, at 7:50 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A 9,000-square-foot Dollar Tree store will be moving into a soon-to-be-built space in a West Broadway shopping center if a Bangor developer’s plans come to fruition, town officials said Monday.

Town Planning Department officials are reviewing a permit application to build the interior of the property, which is owned by Tom Ellis’ Ellis Commercial Management of Bangor.

The addition will be adjacent to the Verizon store at 285 West Broadway, said Ruth Birtz, the town’s economic development assistant. It will be almost twice the size of the Label Shopper, which is at 284 West Broadway and is about 5,000 square feet.

Justin Saucier, who owns the Verizon store, said he would welcome the new neighbor.

“I hope it draws more people to us,” Saucier said Monday. “We have a good customer base here.”

The Dollar Tree franchise has about 25 stores in Maine.

An official at Ellis declined to immediately comment on the proposed development, saying she was unaware of it. Tom Ellis did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Birtz said the new store is a good sign in Lincoln, which has had little business growth over the last year. The number of building permits issued by the town dropped dramatically to 285 in 2012 compared with the 515 issued in 2011.

The new store will likely open by October, said Amanda Woodard, the town’s code enforcement officer.

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