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Restaurant and hotel associations merge to form HospitalityMaine

Laurie Schreiber |

The Maine Innkeepers and Maine Restaurant associations will join forces in a merger to create HospitalityMaine.

Hannaford to charge nickel fee for paper grocery bags in 5 Maine stores

Hannaford Supermarkets outlets in Belfast, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Saco and York will add a nickel surcharge on Oct. 8 for each paper grocery bag the stories provide to encourage customers to bring...

Maine ranks No. 3 nationally for allergy-friendly restaurants

Staff |

Maine’s restaurants rank third in the country for their “friendliness” to patrons with food allergies, according to a recent analysis by dining guide AllergyEats.

Two challenges face new owner of Fork Food Lab: Grow membership, erase debt

Renee Cordes |

The new owner of Portland's Fork Food Lab on Tuesday laid out plans to boost membership in the shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator whose alumni successes include Sky's Café that...

Gelato Fiasco moving some production to Michigan to keep pace with growth

Gelato Fiasco Inc. plans to relocate some of its production from its headquarters in Brunswick to a plant in Michigan — a move spurred by the company's need to keep pace with its continuing...

Dollar General to open 6 new stores across Maine

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Three branches of discount retail chain Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) will open in northern Maine over the coming weeks, and three more are slated to launch elsewhere in the state by early next...

Waterville promoting Opportunity Zone to keep momentum going

Maureen Milliken |

Development officials are hoping that the new Opportunity Zone program will help keep the momentum going on downtown Waterville development. The city's downtown was one of 32 zones designated in May...

Premium Brands completes acquisition of Ready Seafoods

Staff |

Canada's Premium Brands Holding Corp. (TSK: PBH) said Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of Ready Seafood Co., putting the Portland-based brand under the same ownership as Hub City...

Maine's Good Food Bus is on a roll with more market stops and members

The Good Food Bus, a seasonal market-on-wheels operated by St. Mary's Nutrition Center and Cultivating Community from June through October, is reaching more Mainers with healthy, local food during...

Waterboro retail plaza, destroyed by fire last year, will reopen

The owners of Brookfield Place on Main Street in Waterboro are nearly done with reconstruction of the shopping plaza, which was destroyed by fire in 2017. The original plaza had three storefronts,...