‘Big Al’s’ In Wiscasset To Close For Good By the End Of the Year
A popular shop in mid-coast Maine is closing its doors by year's end.
Many Mainers remember the wild commercials featuring Big Al, and his gorilla shirts. Big Al's, an "odd" outlet shop, has been a roadside destination off Route 1 for over 35 years. Soon it will close permanently. According to the Bangor Daily News, owner Al Cohen made the difficult decision to close his store due to a pandemic-induced shortage of workers.
Cohen tells the BDN, "You’re competing with the government for employees, and they make a lot more working for the government than they do for me.” According to Al, his part-time workers were making about $240 a week pre-pandemic. With pandemic benefits, they're making about $715 per week.
Big Al's will close by the end of 2021, with the building going up for lease in 2022. Big Al's Fireworks will remain open.