By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,771)
The Hilltop Superette, 137 Congress Street, at the corner of Congress and North Streets, will be opening in mid-June said Nate Philbrick, manager of the former Colucci’s Hilltop Superette.
Philbrick, who was hired in January of 2014, said that the bad weather contributed significantly to the slowness of the rebuilding of the convenience store on the Hill. “We were also dealing with much more than a fire,” said Philbrick referring to the well-known fact that the building is one whose maintenance had been deferred for years by the previous owners. Philbrick was formerly the manager of his family’s business – Philbrick Fresh Market.
Over a year ago, the former Colucci’s Hilltop Superette was engulfed in a major early morning fire. It was set by a disgruntled Munjoy Hill resident living several blocks away. The fire caused the dislocation of three families as well as the loss of a dog and several cats. In August of 2013, the property was sold by Bridgette and Tony Jacobsky to Bill Simpson, a Munjoy Hill resident. Ever since then, there has been on-going speculation as to when the neighborhood convenience store would re-open. Three condominium units on the top two floors are under construction replacing the apartments burned-out during the March fire of 2013.
Speculation also remains as to whether or not the mural financed by Shipyard Brewery and painted by Eric Giddings will survive the construction of the three condominiums in the two top floors. Giddings began the mural almost two years ago and has since moved to California.
Interested parties can also follow the progress on facebook.