Food, wine purveyor brings taste of Europe to Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — Step into the Market Basket and you might feel like you’ve left the Mid-Coast and landed in Europe.

Larry and Lynette Platt opened the food and wine business last month at 157 Park Row, a sister site to the store they have run the past few years in Rockport.

Located in the recently renovated 1812 Skofield House, the Market Basket has a European flavor. It offers fresh breads, desserts, sandwiches and entrees, and a large wine and beer selection.

The Platts said they had not planned to expand so soon after becoming partners in the Rockport business in 2006 and obtaining full ownership the next year. But Richard Nemero, who owns the Skofield House and summers in Harpswell, has been a fan of the Rockport store and asked the Platts about opening the Market Basket in his building.

His persistence convinced the couple to see the building, Lynette Platt said on Monday, and it was love at first sight. The Brunswick Market Basket held its official opening Aug. 19.

Platt described the store as “more of a gourmet food store,” with hand-made pastries, cheeses, a variety of party platters, catering services and provisions for boaters and other customers on the go. She has spent time in the Netherlands and Germany, and the fresh markets of Europe have inspired the offerings at her stores, where all breads are baked fresh daily.

“We’re starting small, getting our feel of things, what people in this area are looking for as well,” Platt said. “We’re trying not to duplicate anything that’s already offered around here. … We just really want to mingle into the community.”

The Market Basket is open weekdays 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers a 10 percent student discount.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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The Market Basket, which opened last month on Park Row in Brunswick, has a staff that includes manager Claire Holmes, co-owner Lynette Platt, Miranda McCrum and Nancy Van Reeth.

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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.