Landmark Portland corner store damaged by arson more than a year ago reopens under new name, owners

Posted June 30, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
Last modified June 30, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland corner store is coming back more than a year after police say someone set it on fire.

What was once Colucci’s is reopening Monday under new owners and a new name. The shop on the corner of Congress and North Streets will be called the Hilltop Superette.

Colucci’s was “one of the last of the few of the original sort of corner stores in Portland,” said Nate Philbrick, the general manager.

Philbrick said last year’s arson required the entire building to be gutted. The Superette has been in the works ever since.

Members of the Portland Observatory across the street say the return of a shop on the corner will be welcome news for tourists who are usually in that area and looking for refreshments.

Customers will see old favorites, along with an increased selection in wine, a full meat case and fresh produce.

 

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