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BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Biddeford is set to be the site of the first Market Basket grocery store in Maine. The privately owned and operated chain has about 70 stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

According to the city's economic development director, Daniel Stevenson, the grocery store will occupy the vacant Lowes store in the Shops at Biddeford Crossing which will soon undergo a multi-million dollar renovation, transforming the massive store into a roughly 108,000 square foot grocery store.

Stevenson says the company plans to employ about 500 to 600 people, with many of those positions being part-time. He said the company estimates about 125 full-time positions will be createdwhen the store opens.

Messages left with thecompany's corporate office asking for comment on the move were not returned.

Stevenson says the company hopes to begin renovations early next year and open sometime early next fall.

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