West Elm has opened its first store in Maine, located at 164 Middle Street in the historic Old Port district of Portland.
The 12,000 square foot location will bring approximately 30 jobs to the area, the company said. Supporting its Local product initiatives, West Elm will sell an assortment of local products highlighting 10 Maine-based makers and designers alongside the store’s fall assortment. Additionally, West Elm Portland will offer a style and service program, a design consultation program, which offers customers design, installation and registry services to support customers.
The locally made assortment includes artisan Elizabeth Benotti’s handmade porcelain decorative and tabletop ceramics; Fiber and Water’s home décor; GKS Furniture Maker’s mid-century modern furniture; Mainland Design’s home décor; and Port Living’s kitchen and home products.
“When we were considering our first store location in Maine, we were drawn to Portland’s commitment to revitalizing its historic warehouse district of Old Port,” said Alex Bellos, West Elm president. “We want to help support Old Port’s local economy of small businesses, artists, galleries and shops by building community and celebrating its storied past as Portland’s commercial district.”
West Elm now operates 100 retail stores.