Landmark store aims to reopen

BAR HARBOR — The old Parkadia convenience store at the head of Mount Desert Island is set to reopen with new owners and a new name this spring.

Steamboat Landing will open as soon as April with updated fuel service, a convenience store and some type of food franchise, owner Bain Pollard said this week.

Pollard and his wife Rita Turner bought the shuttered store this winter, following a foreclosure auction. They must replace outdated underground gas lines before they can reopen. That work should begin within the next week or two, Pollard said.

Parkadia went up for foreclosure auction on Nov. 6. After several postponements it was bought back by Machias Savings Bank. Pollard subsequently purchased the business for $126,000, a representative for Tranzon Auctions said.

The Pollards are the owners of a convenience store and Sunoco gas station in Searsport, where they lease interior space to a Dunkin Donuts franchise. Pollard said plans are for the new Steamboat Landing to include a franchise food company of some sort, but the owners of the Searsport franchise are not planning Dunkin Donuts.

Interior renovations are already underway.

Pollard was the founder of Hungry Murphy’s store in Southwest Harbor in 1983. He ran the business there until 1994. He owned a store in Winterport for a time in the 1990s and also ran a small heating oil company, he said.

He and his wife now also own a market in Stockton Springs. The pair live in East Orland.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]