Renovation planned for 'The Store' building on Main StreetDeveloper plans local food market
Rockland — The new owner of the former "Store" building at 435 Main St. plans to open a market for locally produced artisan and organic foods.
Businessman Rick Rockwell of St. George has purchased the building and is seeking a change-of-use from the city planning board. The building was sold by Sara Foltz in November.
Rockwell said the new business will be called MainStreetMarkets.com. The idea is to create an indoor market where a number of local food producers, vendors and farms can sell their products. The plan for the market includes spaces that can be set aside for specific vendors. Rockwell said he hopes to use a consignment model for the business.
In addition, all of the food sold in the market will also be available for order online. So far, he said he has identified 270 Maine brands and food producers for the market.
Rockwell said the market will appeal to the lunch crowd, allowing customers to create elaborate salads.
The plans include fully renovating the present basement of the building to allow for storefronts opening onto the parking lot behind the Thorndike. Rockwell said customers will be able to park in the back and enter the market from that side, avoiding the hassle of parking on Main Street.
Bryan Austin of 2A Architects has been hired to draw the plans for the project.
Rockwell hopes to have the market open by the summer.
Eventually, he said he will add apartments on the upper floors.
Rockwell's other projects include 3Crow Restaurant & Bar on Main Street and Granite Street Apartments.
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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 since 1998.
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