New auto sales, repair shop to open in location of former convenience store

3 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A local entrepreneur plans to open Crown of Maine Motors, a new auto sales and repair shop, on Parsons Street as early as July 2021.

Bruce Guerrette has owned the spot on Parson Street where the White Dog Market used to sit for the past six months. The location became vacant after the market was destroyed in a fire in May 2020. Guerrette said he also plans to keep the gas and diesel filling stations that were once part of White Dog.

Guerrette has a long line of entrepreneurship in his family. His father, the late Philip Guerrette, owned and operated Guerrette’s Market in Presque Isle for 45 years. Phillip’s parents, Peter and Corina Guerrette, owned the business before him.

Guerrette has worked locally in the auto service industry since 1989 and saw an opportunity to bring business to the Parsons Street area of Presque Isle. Crown of Maine Motors will be the first business that he has owned.

“I think the location could draw a lot of people to that end of town, especially with other businesses like Save-A-Lot nearby,” Guerrette said. 

The Mapleton-based Buck’s Construction recently began construction on the 86 Parsons St. location. Guerrette anticipates that the business will be ready for a July opening and said that thus far there have been no delays in acquiring equipment or in the construction itself.