June 23, 2018
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Tradewinds store proposed for Route 1A in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The owners of supermarkets in Blue Hill and Milo have plans to expand their business portfolio to Ellsworth.

Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, owners of Tradewinds supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations, are proposing to build a 9,500 square-foot business on a 6.3-acre lot on Route 1A. The site near Ellsworth Falls is an undeveloped field on the east side of the road, next to the old Whitney homestead.

The structure is expected to include space for two restaurant service areas, a convenience store and fuel pumps, according to documents on file at the city’s planning office.

Preliminary plans for the new retail building were reviewed by the city’s planning board last week. Michele Gagnon, Ellsworth’s city planner, said Wednesday that the board found the application complete, and the developer is expected to submit final plans that will be considered at the board’s regular meeting next month.

Gagnon said she has heard the final project will include a frozen yogurt franchise and a burger franchise but that she does not know which ones.

Besides Blue Hill and Milo, the Lawrences’ Tradewinds chain of businesses also has locations in Bangor, Brewer and Eddington. Just this spring, the Lawrences opened a new store in Veazie.

Last week, the planning board gave final approval to a separate development proposal for an adjacent property, Gagnon said. Buzzell Properties LLC was given the green light to construct two apartment buildings with a total of 10 units on a plot of land just north of the proposed Tradewinds site, between Route 1A and train tracks that parallel the road to the east.


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