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Ellsworth Commerce 

Movie buffs in the Ellsworth area can rejoice. The city’s movie theatre is once again open for business starting Friday.And that’s just the beginning of what some are calling a business boom in the area.Times may be tough, but you wouldn’t know it in Ellsworth.Chamber of Commerce officials say new businesses are popping up everywhere.The Maine Coast Mall Cinema is open again under new management.Steven Richardson and his wife are locals committed to bringing more entertainment options, and jobs, to the area.”Really, the next closest first-run movie theatre was bangor, so it really left a void. We’ve gotten a lot of positive comments from people in the Ellsworth area.””Doing what we can to promote the local economy is fantastic. Right now we have eight people hired. A couple full time, six part time and we see that increasing over the next couple months as well.”He’s not the only one hiring.”The Goodwill Store is shaping up. We’re expecting, in the summer or fall, to have that open. It’ll bring 30 new jobs to Ellsworth.”Phyllis Young is associate director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.She says this is just the beginning.”We have a new bridal shop that just opened. Computer Essentials of Bangor expanded, and they brought a shop here. Renys and Mardens are looking to expand. So it really is exciting times in Ellsworth.””I think it’s going to be a reason to come to Ellsworth and to shop here, so it should be a win-win for all our businesses.”Local merchants like Richardson are hoping all this new business brings in lots of shoppers, and money, this summer.”Look how many areas Ellsworth can draw from. Whether it’s the MDI area, the Bangor/Brewer area or the downeast area. It almost can be a focal point. It’s a fantastic thing and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.””Our doors are open, we’re expanding and we’re positioning ourselves to be ready when the economy really turns around and we’re excited about that.