The new owner of what had been a Rockland convenience store for more than 60 years said he is excited about plans to develop the property.

Kevin Merry was at the former convenience store Thursday, Jan. 11. Crossroads Market closed Jan. 10.

Merry, who grew up in Thomaston and served as a police officer for the town for two years in the late 1990s, purchased the property, along with business partner Myles Cooke, that is located at the intersection of North Main and Birch streets in Rockland.

The plan calls for dividing the 2,100-square-foot building at 131 North Main into two units. He said both would be leased for retail operations. He said he wants to see a pizza/mini mart on one side, while the other space could be something like a cellular phone office.

The gasoline pumps, traffic island and canopy will be removed in four to five weeks, he said.

Merry said he will consult with the Code Enforcement Office to determine whether he could then build a coffee shop with a drive-up window in that area.

Merry and his family live in southern New Hampshire. He said he continues to read about the Midcoast communities through The Courier-Gazette and became interested in the property when he saw an auction was planned.

"This is a great property, a great intersection, and the high school is located across the street," Merry said.

Crossroads was owned by Alliance Energy, which is part of Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass. Merry and Cooke offered the high bid in the auction that ended in October.

Alliance (and now Global) had owned Crossroads since 2001. Global Partners put the Rockland store as well as ones in Brunswick and Rindge, N.H,.on the auction block.

Crossroads had operated as a gas station and convenience store since at least 1957, according to city assessment records.

The city has the property assessed at $435,000.

Merry has also proposed building an Aroma Joe's coffee shop with a drive-through window at 444 Main St. in Thomaston (next to the Strong Insurance Agency). The plans call for a 1,500-square-foot Cape Cod-style building that would be cream-colored with cranberry highlights.

Thomaston Code Enforcement Officer William Wasson said Jan. 11 that the site plan application is still pending. The last meeting to review that proposal was last July.

Merry said he wants to move ahead on that project this spring.