By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,532)
Maine Craft Distilling is expanding to the Creighton & Sons building, 123 Washington Avenue, early next year according to a manager on duty at the Distiller on Fox Street today. The Distillery needs to expand its space to accommodate its growing business and building an addition on to the building was not an option according to sources familiar with the situation..The Distillery is currently located at 101 Fox Street in East Bayside, next to Rising Tide Beer. Luke Davidson is CEO and was unavailable at the time of the conversation.
An Oyster Bar is also expected to occupy a portion of Creighton & Sons artificial flower building early next year. It had hoped to set up in at former J. J. Nissen’s Bakery building at 75 Washington Avenue, but lost out to a noodle bar. The site was formerly occupied by an antique store owned by Bill Simpson who recently vacated the space.
Richard Creighton, who owns Creighton & Sons would not confirm that his large building has been sold or is about to be sold. “Everything on Washington Avenue is for sale for the right price,” said Creighton today.
It is not known at this time who is or has purchased the 123 Washington Avenue building that houses a large assortment of artificial flowers and accessories sold wholesale – or whether it is for sale.
Luke Davidson, CEO, in an angry email to mhn.com initially demanded that this story be removed because,,contrary to his manager’s statement,, the relocation to the Creighton & Sons building is only under “discussion.” In a second , email later this evening, Davidson said he’d withdraw his demand to remove the story and allow mhn.com to “muddy” the negotiations. . .
Do you think that the popular Rising Tide Brewery will expand its operation into the Maine Distillery location once it is vacated next year?