New owner of Crossroads Market unveils plans for Rockland site

By Stephen Betts | Jan 11, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — 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.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 15, 2018 11:40

I miss Tim Hortons.  First owners were great. Place was clean and well run pleasant staff  good food and prices.  Ashame to see that building going to waste.  Great location, lots of room for parking and drive thru.  Now these guys want to jamm three business on a postage stamp lot.  Good luck.

Posted by: Peter Hill | Jan 14, 2018 20:40

Wow, Dale... got an axe to grind or what?

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Jan 14, 2018 00:43

Everyday I go by this closed store I think of the inconvenience that people who have supported that store for the 60 or so years and now these hot shots with more money then concerns for the neighborhood and the hope of building a customer base might just find themselves on the short end. Lack of support works both ways. I found it is just as easy to go to Hannaford's and just drive by. I can get used to that. Prices are better, staff is friendlier and it is safer. Good riddens.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Jan 12, 2018 19:13

Here we are only two days away from closure and the place looks like the dump. What we don't need is a blight at that intersection. The lights from the store were kind of a safety factor. The new owners, it seems to me, could have continued to being in business, service their regular customers, and keep things moving while they renovate. Closing is a sign of poor planning, not being caring about neighbors and not providing an atmosphere of a neighborhood store. Being from away, I am sure these guys could care less about the neighbors. Why run a survey and ask people for suggestions. Another coffee shop is stupid, even with the possible hook up with Rock City . Another pizza shop or cell phone store is foolish, at best, There money, do as they wish. The longer they are closed the more people will get used to others, like Kaler.s Korner a stones throw or two away. Or just go to Hannaford's, around the corner. That store had been abused by the prior owners, milked to death. Change to hold interest needs to come soon. I have heard 6 weeks for renovations. Too long, too little. Time to change. Big money people can always do as they wish. More rumors for Coffee Joe or something like that in Thomaston is only a rumor.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Jan 11, 2018 17:28

Thank goodness that someone other than Alliance might just take an interest in the property with its pot holes, dirty and dumpy building and yard. It would be nice to have tax paying, wage paying, customer service employees with a better attitude. I think Rock City is a great combination, I love the smell of coffee, although I have never drank one cup of coffee in my life. Hooray and good luck, although I know nothing about the new owners everything sounds interesting. Should have checked with code enforcement early so there are no surprises. Good luck with that one. Signed, Grumpy.

Posted by: Tabitha Ordway | Jan 11, 2018 15:00

The town of Rockland does not need another Cell Phone office.  Hopefully if he is allowed to build a coffee drive thru, it won't be another Dunkin.  There are already 3 that are fairly close.  It would be nice for a non chain type of coffee shop to go in.  Maybe partner with Rock City for example.  They have the shop down town, but this would be a great opportunity for those passing through that don't make it downtown. 

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