LINCOLN, Maine — It still awaits a state environmental permit, but the new S.W. Collins Co. hardware store will open late this fall, the company’s president said Monday.
“As soon as the land is clear of snow and drained, we hope to begin construction,” Sam Collins said Monday. “I am expecting it will happen in May.”
Collins said he was awaiting word from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as to the status of his company’s application to build a warehouse, storefront and storage area on land it bought from Thomas and Scott Gardner of Lincoln in November 2012. According to property transfer documents town officials provided, the land was purchased for $40,000.
The store would be the first on a large piece of land on Penobscot Valley Avenue near its intersection with West Broadway and The Bank of Maine. The venture is S.W. Collins’ first outside of Aroostook County in the company’s history.
Town officials have said they hoped it would be the first of several developments on the land, which is near River Road and the Interstate 95 ramps at Exit 227. Besides the bank, that area has a medical facility, house and construction company office, convenience store, empty restaurant storefront, and heavy equipment rental company and storage facility. There is still a great deal of open space for development, particularly on and near River Road and across West Broadway onto Penobscot Valley Avenue.
Collins said he hopes his store would be a good addition to Lincoln’s hardware stores, which include Walmart, Aubuchon Hardware and Benjamin Tibbetts Inc. on West Broadway and Marden’s and Smart’s True Value Hardware on Main Street. Rogers Small Engine Repair and the former Haskell Lumber storefront now owned by Collins also sell hardware goods on Main Street.
“We will be complementing the area more than anything else,” Collins said. “We will add a lot to some of the millwork and kitchen and bath [offerings in town]. We also do some drafting for houses and additions. You come in with a set of plans, and we would tell you what is needed for materials for that structure.
“We have no definitive plans beyond Lincoln. We like the Lincoln market,” he added. “We had the opportunity to work with Haskell Lumber and pick up some of their business and work with their people to provide some extra services in that marketplace. We like what Lincoln has to offer.”
The Planning Board approved business permits for Collins and a Dunkin’ Donuts store also to be located on West Broadway during its meeting on Jan. 20.