Pushaw's Trading Post gains agency liquor store status
South Hope — Christmas came early for the owners of Pushaw’s Trading Post as the state of Maine approved its status as a state agency liquor store, allowing them to begin selling alcohol Dec. 23.
“This has made a huge difference,” co-owner Susan Pushaw said. “Having the license has increased sales and is bringing in a bunch of new faces.”
Susan Pushaw and her brother Jerry Pushaw reopened the store May 29, 2013, after closing in December 2012, due mostly to a poor economy.
The Pushaws applied for a liquor license at the end of 2012, but due to a glitch in the state selection process, the application was not reviewed. At that time, Jerry Pushaw said they would re-apply and hope for the best.
Pushaw’s Trading Post is now the only agency liquor store between Rockland and Washington on Route 17.
“We are the only one in a 10-mile radius, give or take,” Susan Pushaw said.
Susan Pushaw added she and her brother were a little nervous about the transition from summer to fall and fall to winter as the economy traditionally slows down during the winter months. With the added reason for people to stop by, business has begun to pick up and spirits are high, she said.
“It really started to drop off there for a few weeks back in the early winter, but the ability to sell liquor along with beer and wine has brought the business back to where it was at the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall,” she said. “This and the fact we sold a bunch of bait so far has made it a pretty good winter.”
In June 2011, Hope voters approved a measure to allow the town to authorize the state to permit the operation of state liquor stores and agency liquor stores on every day of the week, according to previously published reports.
The Pushaw family acquired the store from Ed Greenrose in 2008 and changed the name to Pushaw's Trading Post. For more than 20 years the store was known as Fuller's Trading Post and after that it was called Lincoln's Country Store.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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