‘High end’ restaurant on hold until summer’s end
Two college students will open a “popup” clothing store from Aug. 6 through 31 on Main Street in Biddeford as part of Heart of Biddeford’s efforts to provide positive youth experiences and promote entrepreneurism in the downtown.
The store will be located at 265 Main St. in Biddeford, the old Potter’s Furniture building across the street from McArthur Library. It was announced earlier this year that a “high end” restaurant would occupy the space. Co-owner of the building and architect Caleb Johnson said he hopes to resume conversations with a restaurant owner after the establishment’s “prime summer season comes to an end,” he said.
Johnson declined to identify the restaurant in past interviews.
Neil St. Cyr, a local resident who attends University of Maine at Orono and Matt Buonopane, a University of New England student, have worked with Heart of Biddeford and Lauren Helliwell, owner of Restless Threads on Route 112 in Saco.
Many of the items will be on discount, as end-of-summer sales. The students have had to figure out how they will take credit cards, how they will display the clothing and how they will market.
“Would I love to see a clothing store of this caliber open up full-time on Main Street in Biddeford?” asked Heart of Biddeford Executive Director Delilah Poupore. “Of course. However, I think Heart of Biddeford will be in a better position to provide valuable data to a potential entrepreneur about price points, demographics of shoppers, and just what helps to draw people downtown after this month’s pop-up.”
In fall 2011, students from University of Southern Maine’s Students in Free Enterprise were chosen as winners of Heart of Biddeford’s Youth Pop-Up Competition for their “Scoops” ice-cream shop. The second place store Fruits de la Terre, run by students from Catherine McAuley High School, also gained experience in running their own farmers market store.
The store will be located in the corner space at 265 Main St., and will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.