Hanley’s Market, the convenience store, gas station and takeout eatery at the intersection of Routes 129 and 130 in Bristol, has a new owner.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own business,” Ryan Ball said. “My mother has worked here for 20 years and she’s going to be a big help to me.” His mother, Cathy Hatch, “is going to run the store like she always has,” he said.
Ball bought Hanley’s Market from Greg Hanley, who built the store and opened it in August 1992. “He and my mother have been here since the day it opened,” Ball said.
The formal property transfer was May 1, although the purchase has been in the works for 1-1/2 to two years, Ball said.
Ball plans to replace the gas pumps and has some other small projects in mind. “At some point, we’ll probably add to the menu,” he said, and he plans to paint the inside of the store.
Otherwise, customers will see little difference. The name will stay the same.
Hanley’s Market, despite its small size, frequently matches or beats the gas price of bigger stations throughout the county. “We will stay competitive,” Ball said.
Ball, a graduate of Lincoln Academy, worked for a well-drilling company for nine years after high school and still holds licenses as a master well driller and pump installer. He has been working in road sales for Supplies Unlimited for the last three years.
He coaches varsity baseball and freshman basketball at Lincoln Academy. A native of Round Pond, he now lives in Nobleboro.
For more information about Hanley’s Market, call 563-1388.