By Carol McCracken (Post # 347)
Monday evening the city council gave the green light to Ready Seafood to move their seafood business to the Maine State Pier. The terms of the contract call for a 3 year, non-renewable lease at $100,000 per year for about 9,000 sq. ft.
The Ready Seafood Co. was established five years ago by two brothers on Hobson’s Wharf behind Becky’s Diner. The business has outgrown its current location and after a thorough search could find nothing that met their business needs as well as this location at the bottom of the Hill. Gregory A. Mitchell, Director, of the city’s Economic Development Office, said that he and the Ready brothers have conducted an exhaustive search for private property which might be able to accommodate this growing company. They were unable to find such a location.
Councilor Cheryl Leeman, chair of the Community Development Committee, told John and Brendon Ready Monday evening that she was “excited about having revenue come into the city from such reputable people.” She added: “We don’t know what will happen on the pier in the next 3 -5 years, but we want this company to remain in Portland.”
Ready Seafood Co. hopes to move into the new location early next year.