To the editor:
As a former resident and business owner in Damariscotta, I was quite troubled by the news of pending Dollar General and Sherwin-Williams stores near the heart of town.
I remember the outcry of a pending Wal-Mart and the eventual outcome. I feel the addition of two stores that would duplicate already existing stores is a similar situation. The addition of new businesses is the heart blood of any town, but saturation is a different story.
I vividly remember when we were planning our business and I had questions about signs. I was directed by the town clerk at the time to inquire with the first selectman, who was the parts manager at the local Chevrolet dealership. I recall his words of wisdom: “You do plan on living in town, don’t you? Well, if you do, just remember we all have to live together, so plan your signs with that in mind.” And so I did. Signs, I feel, that were tasteful and in the mode of Damariscotta.
New stores duplicating already existing stores and upsetting the balance of the “look and feel of Damariscotta” would be a tragedy. At least that is how I feel.
Protect your lovely village and maintain its delicate balance of a vital business district that is both charming and healthy.
Leave well enough alone and select wisely.