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Rusty Lantern Markets Polishes its Design

C-store chain unveils “next-generation” look

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Photography: Travis Hartford, Rusty Lantern Markets LLC

Rusty Lantern Markets (Brunswick, Maine) is rolling out its next-generation store design at three sites in its home state. The new stores include a full kitchen, ample space for services and additional merchandise, a revised floor plan, modern restrooms and forecourt updates for ease of access and parking.

“The new layout features a much bigger and brighter building,” says John Koch, Manager and CEO. “We’re serving made-to-order and grab-n-go items from a full kitchen, and our aisles, beer cave and coolers are stocked with more local goods and national convenience items.”

“The sites are meant to be a great local gathering place and have been modernized to continue their history of service. This generation of stores has lodge-like indoor and outdoor seating, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, large restrooms, and an open floor plan. We’ve added more Irving fuel pumps, the lot provides easier access and there’s plenty of parking.”

Already open is the new-look store in Turner, Maine; slated to open later this month is a locale in West Paris, while the third will open in Bethel in mid-January. Rusty Lantern Markets purchased the Mallard Mart convenience store chain in August 2022, which included these stores and one other in Livermore Falls. About a year later it began the rebuild process, implementing designs it developed with one of its core partners, Paragon Solutions.

Overall, privately held Rusty Lantern Market operates 26 convenience stores and branded fueling stations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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