FORT KENT, Maine — When it comes time for Family Dollar to move into its new store in town, it won’t have far to go.

Construction is expected to begin on a new, 9,000-square-foot store later this month on the old Nadeau’s House of Furniture lot across Main Street from the existing store, according to Bryn Winburn, Family Dollar public and media relations manager.

The national chain has entered into a lease agreement with an unnamed developer who purchased the property and will construct the new building, Winburn said Thursday afternoon.

On March 25, 2012, the historical Nadeau’s House of Furniture building along with two other structures housing two more businesses and seven apartments with a combined 11 tenants burned down in a major fire.

Soon after, the burned out buildings were torn down, and the lot has remained vacant ever since.

Winburn said the existing Fort Kent Family Dollar store has outgrown its current Main Street location because of recent product expansion.

“We are thrilled about this new location,” she said. “It represents the best that Family Dollar has to offer in our expanded assortment as well as new layout.”

Fort Kent Town Manager Don Guimond this week said he is happy to see new construction in the downtown business area but understands it means the current store will be vacated.

“Anytime you have development in your downtown, it bodes well for the downtown and for the community, especially when it’s a national business,” Guimond said. “But that will create a vacancy on Main Street, [and] there are no tenants moving in at this time.”

Winburn said the store should be open by the end of the year and all current employees will make the move to the new store. The new store is not expected to hire more employees, she said.

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Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.