GOULDSBORO — Overlooking Bunkers Cove, Gouldsboro Enterprise’s wharf and lobster pound as well as a three-bedroom year-round home and smaller lot are scheduled to be sold by Tranzon Auction Properties at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Ill health and an uncertain outcome have led the owner to sell her four Shore Road properties in South Gouldsboro.
Melinda Boumans confirmed late last week that the business’s lobster buying station, consisting of a 65-foot long wharf, pier, floats and storage building, lobster pound and adjoining wharf, pier, warehouse and office, two-story house and a .09-acre parcel, are being sold. Boumans also owns Anderson Marine & Hardware on Route 1 in Gouldsboro. She said plans for the more than half-century-old enterprise are still being finalized, but she is hopeful it will reopen in the near future.
“As many in the community know, I became ill back in February and unable to work. Though not COVID-related, my health issues put me in a high-risk category for a negative outcome,” Boumans said in a prepared statement. “Like everyone else, I was in a wait-and-see situation as the impact of the pandemic began to take shape. Eventually, it became clear that there was not going to be a quick return to normal, for me or anyone, and I have had to make some tough decisions about my businesses.”
A former executive for Estée Lauder Cos., who with her former husband acquired the hardware store and decades-old lobster and bloodworm-buying business in 2013 from Leonard Bishko and Joseph Boyd, Boumans previously had been living and working in Hong Kong. Her first Maine winter was spent living next to the store in an Airstream trailer buttressed by straw bales. Embracing the life change, she dug in — literally digging herself out of the snow at times — and took time to get to know her customers and their livelihoods well whether it was plumbing or clam-digging. She applied her business acumen, eventually expanding the store and its merchandise beyond marine-related goods.
“The wharf in South Gouldsboro and the hardware store are important resources for the community and should carry on, whether or not I am at the helm,” Boumans said. “I am truly grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received over the last seven years. Although life had other plans for me, I still believe, now more than ever, that Downeast Maine is a great investment and there is no place in the world I would rather be.”
Mike Carey, senior vice-president of sales at Tranzon Auction Properties, said the Sept. 30 sale and all bidding will take place at Boumans’ Bunkers Cove properties. He said the four lots could sell as a package, grouped or individually depending on interested buyers. Preview tours will take place by appointment at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, and by appointment on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
“We have seen a variety of interest from inside the lobster industry as well as aquaculture,” Carey said earlier this week. “A property like this is very rare.”