The sign shown Aug. 9 announces Target is coming soon to Center Street in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

There are a lot of rumors and social media postings surrounding the opening date for Target swirling around this week. But you won’t get an official answer from Target or its public relations agency, which sent the Sun Journal the same statement they sent twice in the past six months confirming they will open “this year.”

People claiming to be new employees and family members have been posting on social media that the “soft opening” is set for Tuesday, Nov. 1, or Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a “grand opening” set for Sunday, Nov. 6, which seems like an odd date for such a large retailer to hold such an auspicious occasion. The Sun Journal can’t speak to the accuracy of those claims.

We know there’s a CVS Pharmacy inside, but the retailer still has one sign covered on the building on Center Street, so we won’t know if it’s a branded coffee shop or a Target Optical or something else until they open, because mum’s the word at Target HQ.

CANTRELL SEAFOOD’S BIG TEASE

Speaking of secrets, Cantrell Seafood dumped a big mystery on us this week posting this on their Facebook page:

They clearly have quite a few fans in our area who are more than excited about the possibility they too will open a location in Lewiston-Auburn, but Cantrell’s isn’t talking either. Messages, an email and phone calls all went unanswered. In fact, when you call the business phone, it automatically connects to very old seafaring songs like Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and the Irish Rovers singing “Drunken Sailor” — we kid you not.

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Welcome Cantrell’s. We would enjoy another good fishmonger in town.

STEVIE J’S IN LIVERMORE FALLS HAS NEW OWNERS

Steve and Rhonda Jones announce they have sold Stevie J’s in Livermore Falls to new owners. Steve & Rhonda Jones photo

Stevie J’s Burgers and Burritos at 24 Main St. in Livermore Falls announced it will close out the 2022 season under new ownership. Steve and Rhonda Jones say they are excited to pass the golden burrito to Derek Pomeroy and Destiny Cook of Livermore.

A news release says the business will be run with the same friendly staff and service and that the delicious menu will remain the same, with a few vegan and vegetarian options being added this year and more additions to come in the spring.

Derek and Destiny look forward to meeting all the existing customers and welcoming the new. Steve and Rhonda would like to thank everyone for the years of support and look forward to new adventures in retirement.

WALMART OFFERING BIG SALARIES FOR BIG-RIG DRIVERS

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Retail giant Walmart is looking to hire 29 truck drivers in the Lewiston area as it holds a national open house Oct. 3-7. It’s part of a national push to hire 1,500 who have commercial driver’s licenses. They’re offering up to $110,000 starting salary for experienced drivers with clean records, in addition to a benefits package that includes medical coverage, a 401K retirement plan, discounts no-cost college tuition reimbursement and more.

The open house is in person Monday, Wednesday and Friday and virtual on Tuesday and Thursday next week.

Applicants can register at http://www.wmtcareers.com/drivers.

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