Saturday, March 8, 2014
BIDDEFORD - The Market Basket grocery chain will enter the Maine market as part of an $11 million redevelopment of the former Lowe's site at the Shops at Biddeford Crossing.
A customer reads the closed memo at Lowe’s in Biddeford last October. The site will undergo an $11 million makeover.
John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
DSM Inc., owner of the Market Basket grocery chain, has received regulatory approval for the project.
The company owns more than 60 Market Basket grocery stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Its closest location to Maine currently is in Portsmouth, N.H.
In Biddeford, Market Basket will face competition from existing grocery retailers Hannaford Supermarkets and Shaw's Supermarkets Inc., as well as Walmart and Target. Market Basket is the latest chain grocery to enter Maine, following the arrival of Trader Joe's in 2010.
DSM, based in Tewksbury, Mass., plans to tear down the former garden center portion of the Lowe's building, then renovate and expand the existing building to include a 107,000-square-foot grocery store, as well as additional retail space and parking, according to a land use permit already approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The total cost of the project is $11 million, financed through RMD Inc., the retail development arm of DSM. In the past three years, RMD has completed projects totaling $100 million without funding from a lending institution, according to the DEP application.
The DEP approved the project after a 35-day review.
"The department is proud its timely but thorough review will allow for the redevelopment of that recently vacated site and the creation of dozens of new jobs in southern Maine," said Sam DePoy-Warren, DEP spokeswoman.
Lowe's shut its Biddeford and Ellsworth locations last year as part of an effort to close 20 underperforming stores in 15 markets. A total of 101 workers at the Biddeford store lost their jobs.
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