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First drawings unveiled for Portland Co. project

Developer CBP2 has revealed the first renderings of its proposed redevelopment of the Portland Co. complex, showing just a glimpse of the retail, office and residential activity planned there.

L.L.Bean prepares for Bean boots sale boost

Freeport-based retail chain L.L.Bean said it's ramping up production of its iconic Bean boots for what it expects to be a big sales season this winter.

Craft-Mania to close in Auburn

Craft-Mania in Auburn, Maine’s largest independently-owned craft store, is closing its doors this September because of decreasing sales and increasing local competition.

Redfern closes on Portland land to build $9M apartment complex

Dylan Martin |

Portland developer Redfern Properties has purchased the East Bayside property where it plans to build a $9 million apartment complex that includes retail and restaurant space on the first floor.

CashStar nabs $15M for expansion

Prepaid card company CashStar of Portland said Wednesday it had closed a $15 million Series D round of venture capital led by FTV Capital.

China's appetite for lobster boosts prices in Maine

Demand for North American lobster, with its “good luck” red color and savory taste, is skyrocketing in China, along with prices.

Cooking Channel filming Portland-area eateries

The Cooking Channel has been in the Portland area this week, filming the inner workings of the Holy Donut, Scratch Baking Co. and two other local restaurants.

Chick-fil-A to open first Maine location

National restaurant chain Chick-fil-A plans to open its first location in Maine next year.

Rock-solid resurgence: Rockland draws investors, new construction

Jennifer Van Allen |

Each summer, thousands of visitors and summer residents flock to downtown Rockland to enjoy lobster, blues, and boat festivals, to peruse galleries and shops, to see the renowned...

Gorham Bike and Ski buys downtown Portland building after seven years as a tenant

Dylan Martin |

Gorham Bike and Ski has secured its downtown Portland location after the owner of the retail business purchased the building it's been leasing since 2008.