REPORT: Proposed yard takes shape in Maine
“The Lumbery” would sell locally sourced cedar, pine and plywood.
A handyman and home improvement pro in the greater Portland area has eyes on opening a new lumberyard in the coastal town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Mike Friedland, the owner of Willard Square Home Repair, told the Portland Press Herald that he wants to expand his renovation business by also selling retail lumber.
The business man has purchased a former Cumberland Farms gas station and convenience store that he wants to transform into “The Lumbery” – a light lumberyard and hardware store. Plans for the store are still under review by local planning officials. Additionally, a loan from an area bank is still on hold until plans are approved.
But Friedland wants to move forward with the project, which he says would meet the needs of area. He notes that when he wants to buy lumber and building materials, he often drives more than 30 minutes to an area The Home Depot store. And he sometimes buys in bulk to cut down on trips.
If approved, The Lumbery plans to sell local cedar, pine, plywood, and pressure-treated wood sourced from four mills in Maine and one lumberyard in Massachusetts.
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