ROCKLAND, Maine — Mark and Maria Wilkinson are no strangers to running stores in the Rockland area.
And the Wilkinsons of Warren are ready for their next business endeavor. Mark Wilkinson filed an application Monday with Rockland’s code enforcement office to build a 500-square-foot take-out food store near the intersection of Route 17 and Old County Road.
The plan is for the store to be open by May 31 at the latest, but earlier if the weather permits, he said. He will put picnic tables on the lot and sell hamburgers, sausages, lobster rolls and other food items from the business on a seasonal basis.
The estimated cost for Hazel’s Take Out is $42,500.
Wilkinson said he and his wife have owned and operated a series of small markets. The first was Townline Market, which they started operating in 1982 in Rockland at the Thomaston town line. They eventually sold that business to Maritime Farms convenience stores.
They later owned the Waterfront Market in Thomaston, the Tolman Pond market on Route 90 in Rockport and finally Kaler’s Korner Market, which is located diagonally across the intersection from where Hazel’s Market will be located. They sold the Kaler’s store two years ago.
Wilkinson said he promised his wife he would take a year off and the couple spent the past year taking the trip of a lifetime through the western United States.
“I’m ready to get back to work,” he said.
The project will go before the planning board next month.