CAMDEN — Citizens gathered with their phones held aloft to watch the spectacle Thursday, Sept. 8 of the new Scott’s Place building being lowered by crane into position at 85 Elm St.

The spectacle of a crane lowering the new Scott’s Place into position drew a crowd Sept. 8 on Elm Street in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

The popular eatery has operated in Camden for 49 years, serving a variety of sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs and sides for lunch. The old building had gotten too small and worn out, according to owner Jack Pike, and a new one was constructed.

A crane was used to lift the old building out and the new one was delivered to the location and lowered onto raised brackets in the shopping center parking lot at about 3 p.m.

McCormick & Associates of West Rockport built the new Scott’s Place and S&S Excavation of Cushing transported it in and provided the crane work.

Lead carpenter Rick Jackson works to prepare the site for the new Scott’s Place building in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

The business is expected to reopen Sept. 19.

Pike said he bought the business for $3,300 and has now invested about $110,000 into replacing the building. There are seven employees.

His son, Tony Pike, runs the business, but Jack still likes to spend time there.

“I come over every day and hang around, talking to the customers,” he said. “That’s my social life.”

The crew works to get the positioning just right. Photo by Daniel Dunkle