Tradewinds Supermarket seeks TIF for proposed expansion in Milo

Posted Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:10 p.m.

MILO, Maine — Less than a year after Tradewinds Supermarket opened in the former Milo Farmers Union IGA on Park Street, the owners are looking to expand to better serve the region.

Owners Chuck Lawrence and Dave Butterfield have asked the town to consider a Tax Increment Financing package to help with the 4,000-square-foot addition to the Hannaford store. The addition will add more aisles for groceries and the possible addition of a couple of franchises, one of which is well-known, Lawrence said Friday. He declined to release the names of the businesses looking to expand at his store at this time.

Milo selectmen are expected to discuss the proposal at a meeting at the town hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.

“We’ve had a lot of support,” Lawrence said. “When I bought the store, I said I was committed to the area and would invest in the store and the community, and I’m just backing that up.”

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The expansion will be on the north side of the store. Lawrence said the project will take the store to the end of the pavement of the parking lot on that side. The TIF will help him make the decision whether to go forward or not, he said. He’d like to start construction in about six weeks.

The Milo store employs about 35 people, both full- and part-time, and the addition will add about 25 more jobs, according to Lawrence.

“We’ve got ongoing plans to continue to bring new business to Milo,” Lawrence said.

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