A new Chevrolet dealership, Tucker Chevrolet, will move into the property formerly home to Harold C. Ralph Chevrolet at 1340 Atlantic Highway (Route 1) in Waldoboro.
Waldoboro Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs confirmed the news during her report to the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Briggs said work is ongoing both inside and outside the building. Carl Erickson Jr. owns the property.
Harold C. Ralph Chevrolet closed in June 2015 after more than 60 years in Waldoboro.
Briggs said cars could be on the lot as early as September. She said the dealership is expected to create 10-15 full-time jobs with benefits.
In addition to discussing renovations at the Chevrolet dealership, the town manager discussed the expansion of Hannaford Supermarket.
“We are really happy about those two initiatives and also the jobs they are bringing into the town,” Briggs said.
In regards to Hannaford Supermarket, Briggs said she walked through the store’s new section before it opened Thursday, Aug. 11, with Waldoboro Planning and Development Director Emily Reinholt.
Briggs said she visited the store again this week and was amazed at the progress made in both the old and new portions of the store.
“They’re working overnight on the old portion of the building, so you are going to see changes on a daily basis in there,” Briggs said.
She said the store is looking to have a grand opening for the upgraded location in December.
Briggs said the company had retained 20 seasonal employees to help facilitate customer service through the construction process and, per Hannaford, those seasonal employees will become year-round employees at the store.
“That’s good news. That’s 20 jobs in the town of Waldoboro,” Briggs said.
The board of selectmen accepted bids for surface paving and screening of gravel and sand before the conclusion of their meeting.
The board voted to award the 2016 surface paving bid to Pike Industries, based in Belmont, N.H., at a bid amount of $56 per ton.
Public Works Director John Daigle said the low price for surface paving would enable the town to pave more roadway than expected. He plans to pave 6 miles instead of 5 miles this year.
For gravel and sand screening, the board moved to award the bid to F.C. Work and Sons, of Jackson, at an amount of $2.60 per cubic yard.