PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Aroostook Centre Mall Manager Bruce Brigman’s desk is an amalgam of papers, keys and sticky notes containing a variety of reminders and phone numbers.
Brigman, a County native, has been the manager of Aroostook Centre Mall since late June. He initially worked as a security consultant, before being tapped to manage the entire operation by the Kohan Retail Investment Group, which bought the mall in March.
Brigman had come on to the scene with big dreams: to drive foot traffic to the mall by adding successful and unique local businesses. With new customers to showcase, he could attract interest from nationwide chains with no representation in The County.
Brigman says he has accomplished much of the first part of the plan: he has seen a noticeable rise in traffic across the mall since the beginning of his tenure.
“The numbers I see from the sales reports have gone up,” Brigman said.
Brigman has received several offers from all around The County to lease space in the mall for use by the local community, including for pageants, haunted houses, craft fairs and theater rehearsals. He believes this has also driven traffic, as those introduced to the mall come back for more.