"Focus: Midcoast Region" piece on the continuing big-box retail store controvers
"Focus: Midcoast Region" piece on the continuing big-box retail store controversy in Belfast. Since 2001, a series of referendums and zoning changes relating to big-box stores has divided the city, and left the retail sector stalled. Mike Hurley, mayor, and most storeowners now agree that the big-box policy gridlock has hurt the city, giving it an anti-business reputation. But Todd French, owner of the Belfast boatyard French & Webb, says the city has been receptive and open to his company's needs. Manufacturing continues to play a role in Belfast, with Penobscot Frozen Foods, Moss Inc., and Creative Apparel employing hundreds of workers. Dana Mosher, new executive director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, is earning high marks for his efforts to strengthen the chamber. With comments by Kim Dunn, owner of Bennett's Gems.
Belfast, Belfast Growth, Hypermarkets
Rooks, Douglas, ""Focus: Midcoast Region" piece on the continuing big-box retail store controvers" (2007). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 4149.