January 5, 2021
Maine Sport Outfitters
Rockland: Maine Sport Outfitters, which currently operates two sporting goods stores in the communities of Rockport and Camden, recently announced plans to open a third location in the City of Rockland. The Smith Family, who opened Maine Sport in a 250 square foot Camden storefront in 1976, has purchased the building located at 279 Main Street in Rockland, formerly the Sears building. The Family’s intention is to expand Maine Sport Outfitters’ regional presence to the Rockland area. While plans are still in the development phase, Maine Sport plans to occupy approximately 12,000 square feet, including the corner of the building currently leased by Park Street Grille. Park Street Grille plans to relocate to Maine Lighthouse Museum building.
“We believe that there is a significant opportunity in the City of Rockland to provide the products and services that Maine Sport is well known for in our region,” said Troy Curtis CEO and General Manager of Maine Sport Outfitters. MSO provides customers with a wide array of outdoor equipment and apparel, including products from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Trek Bicycles, Old Town Canoe, and Merrill shoes just to name a few. In addition, Maine Sport provides locals and visitors alike with numerous opportunities to take part in outdoor programs ranging from two-hour kayak tours to multi-day excursions throughout the state. “Our focus in Rockland will be providing a great selection of high-quality apparel, footwear, and outdoor gear. Customers can look forward to the opportunity to shop kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, camping equipment, apparel, footwear, and more,” Curtis said.
Renovations will start right away, with plans to open in the summer, 2021. Tom Peaco, President & CEO of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce says, “This is a terrific development for Rockland and our region. We’re excited about the possibilities that come from an expansion of Maine Sport into Rockland, a great new home for Park Street Grille, and the repurposing of a historic building at the gateway to Rockland’s downtown.” Maine Sport was attracted to this location due to the proximity to both the Downtown Rockland area and seasonal festival activity in the area. “Visitation rates to the City during the summer months, combined with the current business mix in the community solidified our decision to explore this possibility” Curtis went on to say.
Tom Luttrell, Rockland City Manager, said “The City of Rockland is excited to welcome Maine Sport Outfitters to Rockland’s Downtown. It’s a great fit for our community and it supports the region’s outdoor economy. When members of the community are asked what they would like to see in Rockland’s Downtown, it always comes back to more businesses where they can shop and Maine Sport Outfitters offers that and more.”
For more information about Maine Sport Outfitters, please their website www.mainesport.com or call (207) 236-7120.