News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 30, 2019
In a changing downtown, McVay’s announces move

McVay’s is moving

McVay’s service and repair station, at 72 Main Street in Blue Hill, will be moving to 319 Ellsworth Road in late August or early September. Local property developer John Warren recently purchased the property.

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by Anne Berleant

For nearly 35 years, McVay’s auto service and repair business has been a fixture on the corner of Main and Pleasant streets in Blue Hill. But in a nod to a changing downtown landscape, owner Bryan McVay will move his business to 319 Ellsworth Road in late August or early September.

“I saw a fork in the road and decided to take it,” he said. “I see downtown Blue Hill changing so I figured this would be an opportunity to move to another location.”

McVay plans to build a three bay garage to go with the three-bay garage already in place at the new location, formerly owned by Vaughn and Melanie Leach, and anticipates being closed for only a few days or so.

The new owner of the McVay’s property is John Warren, who said he initiated talks “years ago when we came to town,” and noted the “mutual recognition that it would help Main Street.”

Warren said he has no immediate plans for his new property outside of parking for The Thurston Co. next door. “We knew for Thurston’s to reach their possibilities it would help to have parking,” Warren said.

The Thurston Co. opened one year ago at 66 Main Street, a property Warren purchased in 2017, in addition to 8 Mill Street, where Siam Sky is now located, and the 58 Main Street property, home to Moyo and, soon, Blossom Studio.

Warren did say that the housing shortage on the peninsula could play in to any decision he makes on how to best use the soon-to-be-former McVay’s location.

“I would hope that somehow a study can be done that focuses on the peninsula that talks about what the impact the housing shortage is having,” Warren added.

On McVay’s part, he only wants to thank all his customers, he said, and will provide a shuttle service to downtown for customers who are used to dropping off their car and walking to work.

“In the words of Bob Dylan,” he said, “the times they are a-changing.”