Thursday, April 24, 2014
Back in the spring of 2011, the Press Herald ran its first story about the proposed Thompson's Point office, hotel, and sports arena project. The original proposal (pictured at left) featured a large sports arena and concert hall, along with a hotel, parking garage, and multiple new office buildings.
Over the weekend, staff writer Randy Billings had a story about the project's latest transformation.
The developers have acquired the property and made a deal to move the adjoining Suburban Propane business so that their project's footprint will now extend all the way to the Amtrak Downeaster tracks. And instead of demolishing the peninsula's old brick warehouses to build bigger office buildings, the developers are now planning to preserve and renovate them (one will house a new circus school). They're also looking at building new housing on the site.
Back in the dark days of the Great Recession, the Lowe's chain of home improvement big-box stores closed its businesses in Biddeford and Ellsworth, and local real estate brokers wondered how the cities would fill the 165,000 square feet of vacant retail space that each store left behind.
Over the weekend, Biddeford welcomed the space's new tenant: Maine's first Market Basket grocery store, which takes the title for the state's biggest supermarket.
Staff writer Beth Quimby was there for opening day, when the store's 9-foot wide aisles were full of shoppers.
A few years ago, Maine shoppers generally had only two choices for groceries: Hannaford and Shaw's. Now you can buy food at Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and proliferating local markets like Portland's Rosemont and Lois's Marketplace in Scarborough (staff writer Ed Murphy had a story on these trends in the July 28 Maine Sunday Telegram).
Press Herald reporters visited five different chains a few weeks ago to find the lowest prices for common items: explore the interactive feature here.Tweet
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