We focus a lot on older shopping centers and malls but here's an overview of major retail center projects in Maine and NH: Newer projects and renovation / transformation of existing centers in the past decade.

Scarborough Crossing - Scarborough ME

This proposed center would be located right across Cabela's at the corner of Haigis Parkway and Payne Road in Scarborough. It would feature up to 300,000 sq.ft of gross leasing area on 60 acres. Current plans are showing 2 phases with at least two larger anchor buildings and some pad sites. Link

Rock Row (formerly Dirigo Plaza/The Ridge Greater Portland) - Westbrook ME

This proposed center will be located right by Interstate 95 on the former Pike Industries site in Westbrook. It will feature up to 500,000 sq.ft of space. Plans have evolved since the announcement and were initially showing two large anchor buildings (one of which was shaped like a Costco). So far, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, 99 Restaurants and Chick-Fil-A have been confirmed and some plans are no longer showing the Costco-shaped building but instead display strip of small stores. In 2017, the project partnered with Waterstone Retail Development and the project is now expected to be built in two phases instead of three. On November 16 2017 it was announced that Walmart pulled out of the project and will be replaced by Maine's second Market Basket location Link Link #2 Link #3

The Ridge - Rochester NH

This new retail center was under construction in Spring 2016 with many stores openings that were held in April. The center developped by Waterstone Retail Development is adjacent to Rochester's Walmart Supercenter. It features a Market Basket, Marshalls, Petco, Famous Footwear and Hobby Lobby and additionnal space to hold many more shops and restaurants. A new building that will house a NH Liquor Store as also been announced. Link

Seabrook Town Center - Seabrook NH

In 2008, Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) proposed a large open air shopping center on Lafayette Road in Seabrook, right behind McDonald's on a 47 acres parcel. DDR has faced significant opposition to its proposed shopping center from residents afraid of the added congestion to local roads, as well as from other local developers. Its plans initially were turned down by the Planning Board because the developer was unwilling to make road improvements that town officials felt were necessary to accommodate additional traffic from the development. DDR and the town eventually worked out a settlement to improve roads in partnership with the town and the state. Target was to be the anchor store and got approved but withdrew when the rest of the project stalled. In 2012, a revised plan was showing a possible 190,365 sq.ft. Walmart Supercenter to anchor the project along with ten other stores. Five Below, HomeGoods, Dick's, Outback Steakhouse and several stores eventually joined Walmart.

Brickyard Square - Epping NH

This 260,000 sq.ft. property opened in 2010-11 with a brand new Market Basket store on a large lot off Route 101 in Epping. It started with a Burger King, CVS pharmacy and a new Market Basket store. A large block of stores was added at right of the supermarket and in 2012 stores like Marshalls, Petsmart, DressBarn and Famous Footwear opened. Michaels has been added in September 2012. Many stores and restaurants were also added including a NH Liquor and Wine Outlet, O’neil Cinemas and IHOP.

Greenland Mall - Greenland NH

The developer of the "Maine Crossing" in South Portland proposed to build a similar shopping center project in Greenland, NH near Portsmouth. back then, the project included Target, Lowe's and an unnamed supermarket. The project has been on the back burner since 2002 after several lawsuits. After years of waiting, the project came back on track lately. In 2007, the former Osram-Sylvania plant was demolished to make way for the new shopping center. Construction began in 2008, signs and parking lot are ready and Target was on track to be ready by summer 2009. Construction of Target started first but work on Lowe's and the Stop & Shop supermarket were scheduled to be the following spring. Target opened in July 2009, Lowe's opened in December 2009. The supermarket was never built so a large parcel remains undeveloped although the parking lot is already built.

Marketplace at Augusta- Augusta ME

The Marketplace is Maine's original super shopping center and the largest. It was developped by S.R. Weiner & Associates, Inc. It features Walmart Supercenter, Home Depot, Sam's Club, Staples, Michaels, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, Famous footwear, Olive Garden, GAP, Pac Sun, Radio Shack, Panera Bread, Eastern Mountain Sports, Regal Cinemas, EB Games, Claires, GNC, Pier1 Imports. The second phase included Home Depot, Linens'n Things, GAP, Old Navy and small shops. Another block of small stores was added with Payless Shoesource, Lane Bryant, I-party and Deb Shops. The latest expansion added a new Kohl's, Circuit City and Dick's Sporting Goods with two restaurants. Another phase was planned but likely put on hold after the closings of Circuit City, Linens'n Things and Pet Quarters. In 2017, Tjmaxx opened in part of the former Circuit City LINK

Waterville Commons- Waterville ME

This is the newest shopping center in Waterville. Phase 1 included a new Home Depot, Staples and Ruby Tuesday. The center, developed by Cedarwood, is located just off exit 130 behind the Fireside Inn hotel. A large parcel of land was left undeveloped at the center. It later became home of the new Walmart Supercenter. The store replaced an existing Walmart that was located at exit 127. The new store will finally opened in 2005. The project could have a phase III that would be located behind the Elm Plaza. A new block of stores was also added for tenants like Starbucks, Quiznos, Supercuts and more. To be continued... LINK.

Bangor Parkade - Bangor ME

Bangor Parkade includes four commercial buildings built at a cost of $7.4 million. The structures are located on a 28-acre parcel. The 234,000-square-foot complex opened in fall 2005. It's located directly across Stillwater Avenue from the new Interstate 95 interchange. The site is host to more than a dozen nationally recognized retailers. The latest site plan shows 11 retail tenants, including an 88,904-square-foot anchor store and a sit-down restaurant. The main anchor is Kohl's.Other stores are Texas Roadhouse, A.C.Moore, Old Navy, Linens'n Things, Gamestop and Famous Footwear. Linens'n Things closed in 2008 because of bankruptcy, Office Depot also closed. In 2009, Big Lots opened in the former Linens'n Things but eventually closed. Bed,Bath & Beyond now occupies that space. LINK

Winnipesaukee Crossing - Gilford NH

The old and largely vacant Lakes Region Plaza has been demolished to make way for a new shopping center anchored by Hannaford. Gerald Realty has had an application submitted to tear down the existing plaza and build an all new, six-unit, 162,000-square-foot retail building. The plans were modified to accomodate the movie theater wich has a lease that expires in 2008... A new proposal would bring a 162,000 sq.-ft. Lowe's Home Improvement store to the center. 2008: Lowe's is open, a new building houses Papa Gino's and the adjacent land stayed vacant until 2011 when Hannaford supermarket was built.

Pine Tree Shopping Center - Portland ME

Packard Development completely transformed this old shopping center in the past few years. Ames closed in 2002 and Shaw's supermarket moved to Westbrook not long after. The buildings between Shaw's and Ames were demolished to make way for a new Lowe's Home Improvement Center. Other stores that will stay in the plaza are Marden's and A.J.Wright. The remaining parking lot has been repaved. Lowe's is now open. Big Lots replaced A.J.Wright in 2008 after the store closed. The entire facade of the older building has been renovated so Marden's lost it's Child World castle storefront. A new pylon sign was installed, replacing the last piece of the old plaza. LINK

Scarborough Gallery - Scarborough ME

A $60 million retail project is nearly completed in Scarborough behind the old Walmart on Payne Rd, bounded by Spring Street, Mussey Rd. KGI Properties LLC is the the developer. The retail center is anchored by Lowe's and a brand new Walmart Supercenter.. The project could also include the demolition of the old Walmart for more stores. That store, which opened in 1989, is 135,000 sq.-ft. The new Walmart store has 212,000 sq.-ft. and Lowe's 165,000 sq.-ft. and the total space will be nearly 500,000 square feet of retail space and restaurant pads. Construction has started in 2006. Lowe's, Walmart, KFC and Texas Roadhouse are now open. At some point Gander Mountain was a proposed tenant. In 2016, Marshalls, HomeGoods ans Bob's Discount furniture opened after moving out of the Shops at Clark's Pond. LINK

Lafayette Crossing - North Hampton NH

It started as a super factory outlet plaza but because this Outlet Center was alone, it had less success that the "outlet towns" Freeport, Kittery and Conway. The center was purchased by S.R.Weiner from Dube & Cavral Investments. They torn down half of the plaza and built a Home Depot and added a Shaw's attached to the remaining strip of stores. Ben Franklin Crafts closed their store at the renamed center. Only two original factory outlet stores are still there: Dress Barn and Famous Footwear. Marshalls opened in between Shaw's and Home Depot. Maurices, Quiznos, Hallmark and Olympia Sports recently opened. There are two available pads on site for future restaurants. T.G.I Friday's finally opened there with Staples. Unfortunately, T.G.I closed after less than a year. LINK

Biddeford Gateway Center - Biddeford ME

This retail center, developed by S.R.Weiner, opened in 2001. It's much like the other seen everywhere in New England. It's anchored by Kohl's and Home Depot. Applebees opened in a front pad. The plans originally proposed a Home Depot with a strip of small stores but were changed to an 88,000 sq.ft Kohl's with a Home Depot. The Biddeford Kohl's is the first in Maine, but the Westbrook location opened on the same day! Kohl's had to close down and be demolished after part of the building started sinking. A new smaller store was built and opened in 2014. LINK

Topsham Crossing - Topsham ME

Walmart Supercenter was supposed to be built on the site of this project. The company finally decided to expand their Brunswick store. Target became the proposed anchor store. The new center is located near the actual Home Depot and located right along Interstate 295 on Topsham Fair Mall road. Target opened in 2006 and other stores followed in 2007-2008. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Dick's Sporting Goods and Petco joined Target at the new center. A block of small stores (Sally Beauty, GameStop, Supercuts) was later added in the parking lot. PDF

Augusta Crossing - Augusta ME

Packard Development has recently built a new shopping center in Augusta. The 50 acre site includes a 454,000 square-foot shopping center anchored by Target and Lowe's Home Improvement and include room for other stores and restaurants. The exact location is at the end of Storey Street behind the Kennebec Journal building and the Best Western Senator Inn. The project has been approved and the center was slated to open in late 2007. Lowe's, Best Buy, Staples, Petsmart opened first. A.C.Moore opened shortly after the others and Target opened in march 2008. A parcel remains vacant to the right of Target. It was originally meant to become a Stop&Shop supermarket but that chain pulled out of Maine and New Hampshire.

Scarborough Village Square - Scarborough ME

Scarborough Village Square, the new development plan for the vacant Orion Center, received its final approval from the town in august 2007. The Orion Center is a vacant group of buildings located off Route 1 near its intersection with Sawyer Rd. The complex was recently home to a few light industrial companies. The same place used to be a shopping center years ago. It was anchored by Mammoth Mart. In January 2008, Hannaford Supermarkets has purchased the Orion Center from Dear River Properties which had owned the property since 1986. Dead River Properties originally had plans to develop the former Orion Center into a retail center that would be designed to include banks, restaurants and pedestrian walkways. PDF

Topsham Landing - Topsham ME

Topsham Landing is a proposed 200,000 sf. retail development consisting of four lots along Topsham Fair Mall road. Best Buy has already committed to the project and was slated to open fall 2006. The first section of the project is connected to the actual Topsham Fair Mall. It's an extension that could include Sports Authority and LongHorn Steakhouse. Then a small access road would connect to another section featuring Best Buy, Maurcies, Dollar Tree and Payless Shoes. This section also features a pad site according to the plans in the brochure. The parking of that section would be linked to the parking lot of Target, which is part of the Topsham Crossing. Then at left of the Target anchored center would be another access road leading to the last lot of the project. This last section would be located at right of The Home Depot, still on Topsham Fair Mall road. Best Buy eventually closed and the former store will be replaced by a healthcare facility.

Tilton Center - Tilton NH

A new big box development has been constructed in Tilton. Lowe's opened in January 2006 and Kohl's and Chili's have opened a bit later. It is located of I-93 Exit 20 and adjacent to the existing Walmart. The project has been developed by Konover Development Corporation of Farmington, Conn. Pizza Hut opened a restaurant near the center but does not appear to be part of the project. The Lowe's superstore has 116,000 square feet of retail sales space.

Mount Auburn Plaza - Auburn ME

This new project is located across from the Whiteholm Farm Plaza (Lowe's/Walmart) and the Auburn Mall. The center features three restaurants: LongHorn Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday and T.G.I.Friday's. Best Buy and a 20,000 sf. Staples also opened at the new plaza. There is still 20,000 sf. of space available between the two stores. It was first announced that Best Buy would open near the new Kohl's across the street, but their final choice has been the Mt. Auburn Plaza. PDF file

Shops at Biddeford Crossing - Biddeford ME

Another retail center has been proposed for Biddeford. The 460,000 sq.ft center would have 21 retail stores, a bank, five restaurants and a service-station. The two anchors were to be Target and Lowe's Home Improvement. Packard Development has worked to open the Maine Crossing in South Portland. This project would include stores between 1,500 and 28,000 sf. plus the two anchors. The project would be more than twice the size of the «Biddeford Gateway Center» across the street... Four restaurants have been confirmed: Chili's, Olive Garden, LongHorn and T.G.I. Friday's. You can expect to have stores selling pet supplies, office supplies, home goods, clothing, sandwiches and coffee according to the developer... The center opened with Tjmaxx, Best Buy, Linens'n Things, Dress Barn, and Staples. Unfortunately for that new center, two restaurants have already closed: Chili's and T.G.I. Friday's Linens'n Things also closed because of bankruptcy in 2008. Old Navy and Lowe's also closed, Best Buy closed in May 2012 so it looks like it may have been too many stores too soon. Fortunately, Lowe's has been redeveloped in 2013 into a Market Basket store.

Downeast Commons - Bangor ME

The old Bangor Walmart needed to be expanded. Walmart moved to a new location nearby, across Stillwater avenue. The center will be anchored by a Walmart Supercenter and a block of small stores including Verizon. It was rumored that some of these stores could be a Bank and a Red Robin restaurant. The center could reach nearly 450,000 sf. of space with Walmart being at more than 205,000 sq.ft. LINK

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