Byron Dill says he has always wanted to open a hunting and fishing store. Last year, after spending 30 years in the lumber-selling business, he decided the time was right to make the career leap.
Van Raymond Outfitters in Brewer was closing after 36 years in business, and Dill knew that would leave a void. He said he talked with Raymond, who is married to Dill’s cousin, about buying the business, but eventually decided to set his own course.
On Jan. 3, the Bucksport man’s dream became a reality, as Dill’s Outdoors opened in Judson Heights Center, a strip mall on Broadway, just beyond the Burleigh Road intersection, in Bangor.
Dill, 58, comes from a customer-first industry where he often opened early to make pickup convenient for contractors who needed supplies. It’s a lesson he has taken to heart for his own business, with a simple policy.
“Whenever I’m here, we’re open,” he said.
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