2012-04-13 / Front Page

Pastry shop will locate to busy South Portland corner

By Kristy Wagner
Staff Writer

The owner of Tony’s Donut Shop in Portland plans a trek over the bridge to open a second location in South Portland this fall.

The vacant building that stands at 1095 Broadway, where the Broadway Irving Quick Mart used to operate, will be the location of the new shop. The original Tony’s Donut Shop has operated on Bolton Street in Portland since 1965.

“We’ve been working on getting this deal done for two and a half years now,” said Rick Fournier, owner and operator of the pastry shop.

He said the sale of the building was finalized a couple weeks ago.

Fournier is the son of Tony Fournier, who opened the Portland location decades ago; the younger Fournier took over the family business about seven years ago. The name of the new shop will be Rick’s 1910 Whoopie Pie Factory.

Fournier has attempted to open other locations in the past, but they simply didn’t work out. However, Fournier is optimistic about opening the new shop.

“Everything is where it has to be on the right side of the street,” Fournier said.

He said the large neighborhoods nearby and South Portland High School up the road offer good business prospects.

“We’re going to add to the corner,” said Fournier.

Neighboring businesses include Amato’s, Hair Pair barber shop and Dock’s Seafood.

A Portland native, Fournier is active in the South Portland community and helps coach pitchers on the South Portland High School softball team.

Fournier is confident residents will welcome the new shop.

“People feel comfortable (at Tony’s). They can grab a cup of coffee and the price doesn’t scare them; we don’t overcharge,” Fournier said.

Fournier has not met with the South Portland Planning Board and said that right now he is focusing on the shop’s interior.

He also plans to hire an all-new staff for the location.

“I hope to get to (Southern Maine Community College) sometime and talk to people up there who want to do baking,” he said. “Hand-cutting doughnuts is a dying art and it’s about getting people who are passionate about it.”

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