| by Maureen Milliken

Mainebiz covered this week’s announcement that Verna’s All Day will be opening in downtown Waterville later this year. Their article, “Colby completes ‘food triangle’ with lease to Portland restaurant owners,” reports not only that Briana and Andrew Volk plan to open a chop house as well as a food market at the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, but that Colby had been searching for the right tenant. “Colby was looking for a ‘high-level, quality destination’ tenant to fill the space,” Brian Clark, vice president of planning, told Mainebiz, “and people in the area had made it clear they wanted a Maine business, not a chain.”

The article also updates readers on other Colby initiatives downtown: a recent gift to the planned Paul J. Schupf Art Center, on-schedule progress on the Lockwood Hotel, and “exciting news” expected soon on plans for the space at 14-20 Main St. Mainebiz also reports on the athletic center under construction on campus and that the College has “filed a notice of intent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin work on a new performing arts center that it’s been planning for several years. Work on the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts is expected to begin this summer, and the center will open in 2022,” Clark said.

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