Harbor Freight Instruments to open in long-vacant Ellsworth mall area

A nationwide low cost device retailer is renovating an empty area within the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth and plans to open for enterprise this spring.

Harbor Freight Instruments is renovating a part of the mall that has been empty since Marden’s relocated in 2010 to a web site on Route 3 close to the Trenton city line. TJ Maxx has occupied half of the previous Marden’s area because it opened in Ellsworth in 2011.

A constructing allow issued by town’s code enforcement workplace signifies that Harbor Freight expects to spend $865,000 to renovate the 15,800-square-foot area on the southern finish of the mall, closest to McDonald’s. The corporate says on its web site that it plans to open the Ellsworth retailer this April.