Coffee By Design announced plans Monday to close its location in L.L. Bean’s flagship store in Freeport by the end of May.

The decision to shutter was necessitated by a $50 million, multi-year makeover project to the L.L. Bean flagship store and campus, including the coffeehouse space. Coffee By Design had been open at the 95 Main St. location for 15 years.

“We opened our doors on May 19, 2008, and have enjoyed getting to know the community, and its hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years,” said Coffee By Design owner Mary Allen Lindemann in an announcement about the closure. “Together we weathered COVID, marked milestones, celebrated successes, and experienced loss. We are grateful for our 15 years in Freeport, and to L.L.Bean for our partnership.”

Coffee By Design will close its Freeport location May 31 and says it is working to ensure that as many dislocated staffers can stay on as possible. In business since 1994, Coffee By Design operates a roastery and coffeehouse at One Diamond St. in Portland and has locations on Portland’s India Street and Congress Street.

Coffee By Design said four of its coffees – Campfire Cheer, Summit Bliss, Maple Mornings and Blueberry Fields – will continue to be carried in L.L. Bean retail stores across the country.

L.L. Bean’s makeover, dubbed the “Freeport Experience” project, aims to make the retailer’s flagship location more accessible and immersive by redesigning the Main Street façade, adding new food offerings and expanding Discovery Park, among other changes.

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