BUCKSPORT – Local officials say there has been an economic upturn among small businesses.
Leslie Wombacher, executive director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, said only one business space is open on Main Street.
Wormbacher said that growth has been slow but steady since the Verso paper mill closed in 2014.
“Bucksport faced a real challenge. I think everybody knows that and they really faced it in a very different way. They didn’t want others to come in and make it better. They made it better,” she said.
Some of the newer businesses include Warren’s Waterfront Restaurant, which town officials said opened a few months ago, and Gallery 69, a new art space.
The business owners said they have been able to stay open with the community’s support.