April 20, 2019

R.H. Foster store gets initial OK in Hermon

HERMON – The number of construction sites, which mark the town’s future businesses, will increase along Route 2.

R.H. Foster’s Hermon On the Run store was approved conditionally by the town’s planning board last week, according to Annette Merrithew, the town’s code enforcement officer.

The planning board signed off on the gas station-convenience store project after viewing the preliminary Maine Department of Transportation and state Department of Environmental Protection reviews, she said.

Under the conditional approval, R.H. Foster cannot start construction until both final permits are received from the state, Merrithew said.

The 5,500-square-foot store pegged for 2433 Route 2 is expected to include a Freshies food center, four fueling islands and a small diesel fuel station.

Just down the road, at 2402 Route 2, construction is under way for a small shopping center that will contain a 23,000-square-foot grocery store, a Subway sandwich shop and a Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through window. The project is expected to be completed in late fall.

The developer of the shopping area, Tom Ellis, is expected to approach the town’s planning board at the Aug. 21 meeting to seek approval to add another business to the site, Merrithew said.

Ellis said on Monday he hopes to break ground on the Seaboard Federal Credit Union at the site by late fall. In the future, he hopes to add the national retail store Family Dollar and a home design store, Ellis said.

Correction: A shorter version of this article appeared in the State and Coastal editions and on page B2 in the Coastal edition.

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