Coastal Maine Popcorn opening store in Rockland

By Daniel Dunkle | Apr 21, 2014
Courtesy of: Coastal Maine Popcorn Co. Coastal Maine Popcorn Co. is opening a store in Rockland, bringing its 70 specialty flavors.

Rockland — Coastal Maine Popcorn Co. plans to open a new store at 371 Main St. June 1, according to owners Julie and Paul Roberts.

This will be their third location. The first store opened in Boothbay Harbor six years ago, and they have a second store in the Old Port in Portland.

"We have an arsenal of 70 flavors of popcorn on hand," Julie Roberts said April 21. Customers are welcome to try all of the different flavors at the counter before buying a bag. The popcorn is air-popped to be more healthy than oil popped, she said. All of the popcorn is popped in Boothbay and shipped to the other stores.

"It's kind of hard to buy a bag of dill pickle popcorn before you've tasted it," she said.

The most popular flavors are salt and vinegar and Maine maple.

The store will be open seven days a week, year-round. It will have about five employees, she said.

The owners considered other locations for their next store and were actually on their way to check out potential locations in Camden when they spotted the store front available in Rockland. Roberts said they have received an outpouring of support from the city of Rockland and people in Rockland for the new store.

They have been effectively marketing their business via social media (see facebook.com/coastalmainepopcorn for more information).

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Apr 22, 2014 14:31

Very fun, best of luck!



Posted by: paula sutton | Apr 22, 2014 05:59

This is great news!  Small business is the backbone of our great state and I am grateful for the innovation and courage of its residents.  While self employment is not for everyone, I think we are wise to encourage it as a means for our citizens to provide for themselves and family.  I plan to stop in and purchase some popcorn when they open. 



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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.

 

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