A cluster of Dover-Foxcroft businesses have closed or changed ownership in recent weeks

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Multiple businesses in Dover-Foxcroft have closed or announced changes in ownership in the past month.

Last week downtown restaurant Charlie’s announced it was closing. On the same day, the owners of convenience store Fox Brook Variety, located less than a mile away, announced they had sold the business after 30 years in the family and will close at the end of June.

Across Maine and nationally, a number of businesses have shuttered following the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dover-Foxcroft’s mom-and-pop businesses are not immune to these struggles, though some locals say retirement and decades of operation are what led them to sell. their businesses. Residents now have fewer dining options in a town where they’re already scarce compared to more urban areas, but in some cases, new businesses are replacing mainstays in the community.

“We see many success stories of companies that have found new ways of operating their businesses, and that’s a really good thing,” said Matt Lewis, president and CEO of HospitalityMaine. “On the other side is the misconception that we’re out of COVID ramifications, and everyone is happy and back on track. I think that clearly is not the case. ”

Lewis has seen businesses statewide, both in small rural communities and urban centers such as Portland, close their doors — and the trend is likely to continue, he said.