The former Shaw's building on Route 111 near Turnpike Exit 32 is now home to the newest Ocean State Job Lot in Maine. Along with six other stores in Maine, Ocean State here in Biddeford will provide a "Home to Adventure Shopping."
Founded in 1977, Ocean State sells brand name first quality products at closeout prices. The company thinks of itself as "opportunistic merchants," according to their website, always searching for special deals to offer customers. The store is expected to open early this year.
Ocean State is one of several new businesses in Biddeford to open recently, including Jiffy Lube, Taco Bell, and Starbucks.
Thanks to the Downtown Development Commission and New England Cancer Specialists as a sponsor, a new hotspot at 265 Main Street provides additional WiFi connection along Main Street now between Washington Street and Elm Street. While on Main Street near City Hall look for "Connect Downtown" in the WiFi settings of your mobile device. The connection is maintained for one hour before requiring the user to log on again.
This hotspot is a public / private partnership made possible through the generosity of other sponsors like Bangor Savings Bank, GWI, and Axiom Technologies. The DDC is working to add more hotspots to Main Street, so that, soon, a continuous signal will be available from Elm Street to Mechanics Park.
The City of Biddeford will begin the 2017 Downtown Facade Improvement Program on April 18, 2017. This program, started in 2006, has been very successful in assisting building owners in the downtown to improve and upgrade commercial buildings. Buildings in the MSRD-1 zone are eligible for Facade Improvement grants.