Cumberland 'trade center' launches on Middle Road

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CUMBERLAND — A 18,000-square-foot building at 199 Middle Road is home to three new businesses, and will soon have a fourth. 

New England Specialty Stone opened April 11, followed a week later by Dave’s Small Engine Repair, both of which will have grand openings Saturday, April 30. Dews Door is due to open July 1, and Coastal Landscape, Construction and Snow Services will move into the remaining space in late summer.

Craig Wright, Coastal’s president and owner, purchased the property from Anderson Equipment last summer. The building had been vacant for several months, Wright said in an interview April 20, and has since been renovated with a new roof, electrical and plumbing work. Re-siding and landscaping are on the horizon.

“The idea of the place is supposed to be like the ‘Cumberland trade center,'” said Wright, who added he was attracted by the amount of land the property includes. Wright has also known the owners of the other businesses, which was a factor when they decided to move there and lease space.

Dave’s Small Engine Repair

The husband-and-wife team of Dave and Krissy Patry run Dave’s Small Engine Repair. After a tour of the area last December, “we were hooked,” Krissy Patry said April 20, and they decided to branch out from their original Oxford location. 

It was only the third day of business in Cumberland, she said, and “we cannot believe how many people we’ve already met. Everyone’s just super.”

The business sells outdoor power equipment running the gamut from weed whackers to compact tractors, and provides parts and service.

The Patrys have seven employees between their two locations, and said they expect they will have to hire more.

New England Specialty Stone

Dale Plante, vice president of operations at New England Specialty Stone, and Jim Mininni, the general manager, worked together at Genest Landscape and Masonry Center in Windham before going out on their own.

The business offers landscape and hardscape materials, as well as masonry. It stocks natural and imported varieties of stone.

“It’s a little bit of a soft opening right now,” Plante said in an interview April 20. “… We’re just trying to get word out there that we’re open and ready to do some business.”

Dews Doors

In business since 1989 and owned by Adam Dews and his wife Amber, Dews Door focuses on garage door repair and installation service for residential and commercial buildings, as well as garage door openers.

“We like to say, anything garage door-related, we can do,” Amber Dews said in an interview April 21.

The business was previously run out of the Dews’s Forest Lake Road home; before that it was based at the home of Adam Dews’ father.

“This is a very huge move for us,” Amber Dews said. “It’s a very big step.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Four businesses are opening this year at 199 Middle Road in Cumberland.

Dave and Krissy Patry opened Dave’s Small Engine Repair at 199 Middle Road in Cumberland April 18.

Dale Plante, left, and Jim Minninni, are the vice president of operations and general manager, respectively, at New England Specialty Stone in Cumberland.

Adam and Amber Dews run Dews Door, due to open officially in Cumberland in July.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.