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Some flux in Washington Avenue’s restaurant scene

Roustabout, a Portland restaurant on Washington Avenue, closed its doors this week, but another venue is set to open.

Gofundme for Ellsworth restaurant's overdue taxes?

An Ellsworth restaurant has turned to the gofundme website and is asking customers to help pay its $25,000 property tax bill.

Will Richmond emerge as a foodie town?

Two new restaurants, Kimberly's Restaurant and Lounge and the Village Café, have opened in Richmond, filling vacancies on its downtown Main Street.

L.L.Bean targeted for boycott

A website called #GrabYourWallet has added L.L.Bean to a list of 75 retailers to boycott because of their alleged support of Donald Trump.

Recent spate of store closings could be new norm


Online shopping trends and consumers’ shift from brick-and-mortar stores could cause more pain for big retailers.

L.L.Bean bringing more jobs to Lewiston

L.L.Bean is moving to a larger production facility in Lewiston in order to meet customer demand for its iconic boots.

Former Penobscot Nation chief criticizes tribal plan to sell vodka to casinos

A proposal by a corporate subsidiary of the Penobscot Indian Nation to make vodka for sale primarily to tribal casinos in other states has been challenged by the tribe’s former chief as being...

Maine will lose a Macy's, a Sears and a Kmart

Three retail giants will have a smaller presence in Maine in the coming months, with Macy's, Sears and Kmart announcing plans to close stores in Bangor and Augusta.

Casco Bay Vending buys two rival companies


Lewiston-based Casco Bay Vending has acquired two of its competitors: Pine State Vending, a division of Pine State Trading Co., and Canteen of Maine.

Another Tim Hortons bakery closes

The Tim Hortons bakery in Waterville abruptly closed on New Year’s Eve, continuing the Canadian company's on-again off-again relationship with its Maine restaurants.