Freeport begins weekend closure on Main St. in hopes of enticing shoppers

In hopes of encouraging shoppers in its popular downtown, Freeport closed two blocks of Main Street to traffic for the holiday weekend.The iconic L.L. Bean Bootmobiles and Jersey barriers sit at the intersections with Bow St. and Howard Place, detouring vehicles around the pedestrian-only area.L.L. Bean created a pop-up shop in the street, along with resting stations equipped with camping chairs, awnings, and hand sanitizer. Alongside them was the 1912 Cafe’s outdoor stand, through which owner Renae Roy was hoping to reach more customers during the holiday weekend.”We’re really excited that the chamber has put this together,” Roy said Saturday, “to give us an opportunity to be outside, open spaces and create more business and more buzz for Freeport.”On the southern end of the pedestrian zone, the Lobster Cooker and Pub was in just their third day of operation on Saturday. Fortunately, they hadn’t been scheduled to open until May 1st and they encountered a surprising amount of business when they resumed, according to general manager Leslie Garey.”I think it makes people more comfortable to come to freeport,” Gary said. “They know they have that extra space.”Both businesses noted a significant drop-off in customers due to a lack of tourists, the temporary closure of the flagship L.L. Bean store, and the cancellation of summer concerts.The holiday-weekend closure will conclude at 8 p.m. Sunday. The process will repeat on July 11th, closing the same stretch from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 8 p.m.

In hopes of encouraging shoppers in its popular downtown, Freeport closed two blocks of Main Street to traffic for the holiday weekend.

The iconic L.L. Bean Bootmobiles and Jersey barriers sit at the intersections with Bow St. and Howard Place, detouring vehicles around the pedestrian-only area.

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L.L. Bean created a pop-up shop in the street, along with resting stations equipped with camping chairs, awnings, and hand sanitizer. Alongside them was the 1912 Cafe’s outdoor stand, through which owner Renae Roy was hoping to reach more customers during the holiday weekend.

“We’re really excited that the chamber has put this together,” Roy said Saturday, “to give us an opportunity to be outside, open spaces and create more business and more buzz for Freeport.”

On the southern end of the pedestrian zone, the Lobster Cooker and Pub was in just their third day of operation on Saturday. Fortunately, they hadn’t been scheduled to open until May 1st and they encountered a surprising amount of business when they resumed, according to general manager Leslie Garey.

“I think it makes people more comfortable to come to freeport,” Gary said. “They know they have that extra space.”

Both businesses noted a significant drop-off in customers due to a lack of tourists, the temporary closure of the flagship L.L. Bean store, and the cancellation of summer concerts.

The holiday-weekend closure will conclude at 8 p.m. Sunday. The process will repeat on July 11th, closing the same stretch from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 8 p.m.