Union Bagel Co. is looking to expand by moving its baking operations to Westbrook.

The Westbrook Planning Board reviewed a sketch plan Tuesday for the proposed location of the company’s wholesale operation, as well as a new retail shop, at 9 Cumberland St.

The building, located on the rotary leading to downtown Westbrook, has seen frequent turnover in recent years, having been home to Thanksgivings, Hoggy’s Market and most recently, Eddie’s Eatery.

Union Bagel got its start from a crowdfunding campaign in 2012 and initially baked its bagels at the community kitchen at the Public Market House in Monument Square before moving to Cumberland Avenue in East Bayside in 2013.

Although the 500-square-foot space was meant for wholesale operations, people kept stopping in, said owner Paul Farrell. He felt he should start offering customers cream cheese with their bagels, and soon it became a full-blown retail operation.

With wholesale business increasing, the company needs more baking space.


Currently, it sells bagels to several local coffee shops and restaurants, including Arabica and Aurora Provisions in Portland, CIA in South Portland and Elements in Biddeford, according to its website. Farrell said he hopes to start selling to supermarkets and schools, as well.

The company needs a special exception from the Westbrook Planning Board to use the building for light manufacturing. City staff said the application received a favorable review from the board, which would still like to see more details about the plan for its parking lot.

Farrell said nothing is definite yet, but if the Westbrook location works out, he’d like to move there within six months. The Portland location would remain a retail store.

This story was updated at 6:42 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 to correct the name of the original location of the Union Bagel Co.


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