Tradewinds will replace main convenience store in Dover-Foxcroft

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DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine – The founder of Tradewinds Markets plans to tear down and rebuild a convenience store and gas station in Dover-Foxcroft as the new owner of the property.

Tradewinds Market founder Chuck Lawrence will replace Fox Brook Variety with a Tradewinds Variety store. The original name of the Dover-Foxcroft pillar can somehow be incorporated, he said.

Fox Brook Variety owners and siblings, Steve Boyd and Karen Jankunas, announced on Facebook last week that the business would close at the end of June after 30 years in the family.

Tradewinds Market convenience stores, grocery stores, and gas stations are found throughout Maine, and Lawrence has built and sold many stores over the years. Lawrence – who owns Tradewinds Shop ‘n Save in Calais and Tradewinds Market Place in Blue Hill with his wife, Belinda Lawrence – plans to tear down Fox Brook Variety in the second week of July and open the new store in early December, said he declared. It is the latest business to be purchased in Dover-Foxcroft from long-time owners and converted into a local chain store.

Earlier in the spring, Jeremy and Jason Edwards bought Will’s Shop ‘n Save and made it the newest Edwards Brothers supermarkets, which have locations in Trenton and Unity.

Customers can expect to find products in Tradewinds similar to those available at Fox Brook Variety with a few new offerings, and the space will be more modern and look like other Tradewinds stores, he said.

When Lawrence learned that Boyd and Jankunas were selling Fox Brook Variety, he saw an opportunity for another Tradewinds in Piscataquis County. Residents don’t have many options for similar stores on this side of town, he said.

Lawrence sold 10 convenience stores in the Bangor market about two years ago. He’s not allowed to build a new location within 30 miles of those stores, but the property at 251 East Main St. in Dover-Foxcroft is just outside of that, he said. declared.

Lawrence has a buy-and-sell agreement with the owners of Fox Brook Variety, he said.

The city’s zoning appeal board unanimously approved Lawrence’s request for a 10-foot setback on the property at a meeting Thursday, although a member did not attend, said Code Enforcement Officer Brian Gaudet.

Instead of the new convenience store being built 15 feet from the property line, it would be 5 feet from the line, Gaudet said. That would leave more room for adequate parking in front of the store, meaning customers won’t be so close to gas pumps, he said.

While Lawrence will buy and own the property, John Arcaro of Dragon Fly Farm in Sebec will be his business partner, Lawrence said. Arcaro will be the store manager.

The new convenience store will have a staff of 10 to 12 people, he said. Lawrence recommends Fox Brook Variety employees apply for the new positions if they want to work in the same place they are used to.

The Lawrences began building the Tradewinds chain in 1999, and their first location was in Blue Hill.

According to the website, there are 14 Tradewinds stores in Maine. Those in Blue Hill, Calais, Clinton and Milo are locally owned. Others, including Hampden, Ellsworth and car washes in Bangor and Brewer, are owned by Energy North Group.

Massachusetts-based Energy North Group purchased Tradewinds convenience stores in eight Maine communities in September 2020, according to The Associated Press.

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