New stores join Freeport Village Station
FREEPORT — Boston-based developer Berenson Associates announced three national retail stores are leasing space at the Freeport Village Station shopping center.
Pac Sun and Sunglass Hut will open its first Freeport store at the new shopping center. The Coach Factory Store will move from its current location at 48 West St.
Maine businesses The Maine Dog gift shop and Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster Roll will also join the shopping complex.
Linda Bean's is the first restaurant to be announced at Village Station, expanding from its kiosk in the L.L. Bean Bike, Boat and Ski Store.
The shopping center, a $45 million, 120,000-square-foot project, is being built to host 30 retail stores and restaurants.
So far, 11 stores have signed leases. But Janet Grady of the Prism Co., a marketing firm representing Berenson, said the economy isn't slowing the project down.
"This retail project is right on target," Grady said. "You can expect more releases announcing store names every two to three weeks. There are only three to four stores that haven't been nailed down. We expect the retail center to open at 100 percent leased capacity."
The new retailers will join the first wave of stores that signed on to the project last spring, including Nike Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Izod and Van Heusen, Brooks Brothers and L.L. Bean Outlet, which will move from it's current location at the main L.L. Bean retail campus.
Caroline Beem, L.L. Bean spokeswoman, said that a new L.L. Bean home product showcase is expected to replace the existing outlet store by late fall.
The Village Station shopping complex is scheduled to open by Memorial Day. The project is on land owned by L.L. Bean, between Main Street, Bow Street, Mill Street and Depot Street.