May 23, 2019

Home Depot plans store, garden center in Bangor

BANGOR — Plans for a new Home Depot home supply and building center arrived at City Hall Thursday, and officials expect to issue a building permit in the coming week.

A thick sheaf of blueprints in Code Enforcement Officer Dan Wellington’s office showed every possible aspect of the 115,844-square-foot retail store with a 16,222-square-foot outdoor garden center. The project is scheduled for construction this year between Longview Drive and Stillwater Avenue.

“They’re going to want to be done for Christmas shopping,” Wellington said Friday.

The site development plan was filed last month by DeLuca Hoffman Associates in Portland, and received approval by the planning board on March 4.

The building plans for Home Depot USA Inc. Store No. 2402 were done by Greenberg Farrow Architects of Parsippany, N.J.

“They do all the Home Depots,” Wellington said. In working with the firm on the project, he has found the architects to be “a very professional outfit.” He added he wasn’t surprised to find a high level of detail in the firm’s plans.

The store will be larger than its competitor on the other side of Longview Drive, Home Quarters, but laid out in much the same manner.

The style of such supply stores is not to have much warehouse space, Wellington said. “If they’ve got [an item], it’s out on the shelf for the customer to grab.”

Home Depot will have more than 800 parking spaces, some of which are set aside for use by a 51,600-square-foot store to be built by 1999 on the same 18.72-acre parcel. The tenant for that store has not been announced.

The Atlanta-based company currently has more than 500 retail stores in the United States and Canada. It opened its first Maine store on Jan. 9 in Portland.

A spokeswoman for Home Depot said last month that a new store employs, on average, about 200 people.

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