ELLSWORTH — A new business is setting up shop in the Maine Coast Mall this month and expects to open in August, and is looking for workers in the meantime.
Label Shopper, which touts name-brand clothes at discount prices, hopes to open the week of Aug. 22. It will be located in the same spot as the former Fashion Bug store.
“It’s been a dream of mine for about four or five years that I’ve been pushing,” said Bonnie Witham, district manager for Label Shopper, about opening a store in Ellsworth.
Label Shopper, based in Albany, N.Y., has eight stores in Maine already: Calais, Dover-Foxcroft, Houlton, Jay, Lincoln, Oxford, Presque Isle and Skowhegan. The Ellsworth store will be the company’s ninth location.
The first three stores in Maine, those in Jay, Oxford and Skowhegan, opened in the fall of 2008, according to Witham.
Witham is on-site at the Maine Coast Mall from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 22 to conduct interviews with prospective employees.
Anyone who cannot make it during those times but wants to have an interview should email Witham at [email protected]
She said she expects the Ellsworth store to employ between eight and 10 people, and may need some temporary employees beyond that while setup is taking place.
Label Shopper offers clothing in juniors, missy, plus and men’s sizes, as well as shoes. The store does not sell children’s clothing. It does also offer accessories and home décor items, though.
Fashion Bug announced in the summer of 2012 that it would close the Ellsworth store along with others around the state. The store shut its doors early the next year.
Micki Sumpter, Ellsworth’s economic development director, said she saw the opening of the new store as an encouraging sign.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” she said, adding that she hopes it will have a “domino effect” and help draw other stores to the area.
She credited the Maine Coast Mall owners and management with working hard to spruce up the shopping complex and attract new tenants.
“They’re doing it,” she said, “and I’m very pleased with that.”