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Agren eyes Topsham expansion

Planning Board to review proposals for appliance store, new medical office tonight
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

TOPSHAM

The town is reviewing plans for a new appliance store and a new medical office. The two proposals go to Planning Board review tonight.

Agren Appliance wants to build a retail store at 78 Mallett Drive. Jason Agren, company president, said Monday he purchased approximately 2 acres opposite the Rite Aid with plans to build a store nearly 13,000 square feet in size.

As currently planned, the facade would face Route 196, with Monument Place behind it connecting it to the Topsham Fair Mall.

Agren said he would like to open by the end of the year.

He said his father opened the company’s first store in Auburn in 1978 and its second — on Maine Street in Brunswick — in 1983. The retailer opened a store in Norway in December 2011 and currently has five stores statewide.

Agren said he bought the business from his father.

As an independent retailer, “we try to be progressive,” he said. While the economy has been down,“of course we suffered a little bit,” he said.

“Business has been good and we were able to grow through the bad economy,” referring to the new store in Norway and renovations at its South Portland store. “We match any price that’s out there.”

The company employs 47 people.

Agren said he is excited about the project. “I love the location and I’m extremely positive,” he said. “Like everything, it’s a risk but I think it’s a pretty calculated risk.”

Topsham has done a good job, he said, “making sure that people build with the kind of look and feel they want, so we’ll fit right in line with that. It will be a beautiful looking building.”

Agren Appliance and Television sells electronics, appliances, furniture, and mattresses.

The Planning Board tonight is taking a preliminary look at the sketch site plan and would vote on a finalized plan at a future meeting.

It will also review a sketch site plan submitted by The Highlands for a proposed medical office building on Governors Way.

And the board is scheduled to hold a workshop after the meeting on multi-family housing, the appeals process and zoning along U.S. Route 201.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 100 Main St.

dmoore@timesrecord.com

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