BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Market Basket has opened its first store in Maine.
The Massachusetts-based grocery chain held a grand opening for its Biddeford location Sunday. The site has been vacant since Lowe's closed in 2011. The store brings more than four hundred new, part-time jobs to the city. About one hundred full-time manager jobs were filled by people who were promoted from positions in other Market Basket locations.
Biddeford mayor Alan Casavant says the store has the potential to spark more growth in this part of the city.
"It can be an economic magnet for Route 111, Route 1, because so much traffic was always going south to Portsmouth to shop and now they can come here" Casavant said.
Market Basket has seventy stores located throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.