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KEEPING TRACK OF MAINE STREET ECONOMICS



SHELLY NORMAN manages Wilbur’s Chocolate in Brunswick. She said the sweet shop’s winter business has remained steady but that summer sales recently have improved. Some of the increase can be attributed to tourist traffic on the Maine Eastern Railroad, she said, which makes her optimistic that better-than-expected ridership on Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger train will have a similar effect on the chocolatier’s profit margin. For a look at the arrival of train service to Brunswick and its connection to Maine Street economics, see story and photos on Page B8 in today’s Business Section. 
JT LEONARD / THE TIMES RECORD SHELLY NORMAN manages Wilbur’s Chocolate in Brunswick. She said the sweet shop’s winter business has remained steady but that summer sales recently have improved. Some of the increase can be attributed to tourist traffic on the Maine Eastern Railroad, she said, which makes her optimistic that better-than-expected ridership on Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger train will have a similar effect on the chocolatier’s profit margin. For a look at the arrival of train service to Brunswick and its connection to Maine Street economics, see story and photos on Page B8 in today’s Business Section. JT LEONARD / THE TIMES RECORD

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