Greg Snyder confirmed today that yesterday he purchased the popular Hilltop Superette from Bill Simpson for an amount Greg called “too much.” Negotiations for the sale have been in the works for a couple of months he said. It is located at 135 Congress Street and is located at the corner of North and Congress Streets.
Snyder said the biggest change he plans on now is to lower the coffee prices that are currently charged. He said it would be a “decent amount,” but gave no additional information on that change. There may be some subtle changes coming, but he doesn’t plan any dramatic changes.
Snyder, who has been in the convenience store business for nine years, owns the Twins Country Store in Augusta. He plans on splitting his time between his two businesses, but two-thirds of it will be spent in Portland. “I know how my Augusta store operates. I want to find out more about how Portland operates.” He lives in Sydney.
Back in March of 2013, the store was the site of a 2-alarm fire at 3:30 am. Ten tenants on the upper floors were displaced. There were no human injuries, but three pets were lost in the fire. The arsonist was arrested on his way out of the building and taken to jail. The store was closed for many months, causing speculation that the insurance company wasn’t cooperating. The property was sold to Bill Simpson during the summer of 2013 along with the building across the street at 1 North Street. Simpson renamed the building from Colucci’s Market to the Hilltop Superette.
Bridget and Tony Jacobsky were former owners of both buildings. “Dickie” Colucci, brother of Bridget and one of the owners, works there once again in the kitchen.
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