SHREWSBURY – Maple & Main will open to the public on Nov. 3.
The store – located at 557 Main St. in Shrewsbury – will be run by Shrewsbury’s Reaching Independence through Supported Employment (RISE) Program. According to the program’s website, RISE aims to provide special education students ages 18 to 22 with “the skills and experiences they need to be successful members of the local community.”
Maple & Main will be open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the following week Monday through Friday, and it will eventually have extended hours. Maple & Main will sell a variety of items, including Shrewsbury-related merchandise and “unique and fun candies, drinks, and more.”
Jennifer Tabor, who has been working with Shrewsbury Public Schools as an applied behavior analysis technician since 2018, was hired as the store’s retail manager in August.
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Maple & Main was first announced last October. The new store in Shrewsbury was founded by a collaboration between the RISE Program and Chacharone Property Group, which bought the former pharmacy building last September.
According to conservative estimates made by the town last year, the business will save the town around $3,000 per student or $60,000 annually. RISE students had attended an out-of-district program prior to the opening of Maple & Main. The estimates do not account for any potential retail revenue generated by the store.
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