Lewiston-Auburn Market Outlook 2023

Stebbins Noah  /   March 2, 2023

Lewiston-Auburn Market Outlook: 2023

Noah Stebbins - Associate Broker at The Boulos Company



By Noah Stebbins | Associate Broker





2022 proved to be another exciting year for commercial real estate in Lewiston-Auburn, with numerous development projects and new tenants entering the market. With a potential recession looming, it’s difficult to predict how the market will be impacted; however, let’s begin on a positive note and recap a record-setting year.


Record sale prices, substantial rent growth, and new development, coupled with motivated city officials, helped Lewiston-Auburn have a record year in the multi-family space. According to comparable sales provided by MLS from 2020– 2021, there wasn’t a single multi-family in Lewiston-Auburn that sold for over $100,000/unit; this was not the case for 2022.

Notable sales over the past year included:


Address Sale Price # Of Units $ Per Unit
1 Tourmaline Drive & 10 Almond Avenue, Lewiston $10,200,000 65 $156,923
84 Lisbon Street, Lewiston $745,000 6 $124,167
79 Ridgewood Avenue, Lewiston $710,000 6 $118,333
1 Buckley Street, Lewiston $925,000 8 $115,625
1172 & 1176 Lisbon Street, Lewiston $3,404,000 37 $92,000
251 Minot Avenue, Auburn $700,000 12 $58,333


It’s important to note that record-low interest rates, inflation, and pent-up demand from the investor community likely led to record-setting sales in 2021–2022. Sellers will inevitably be forced to adjust pricing in today’s economic climate for deals to pencil out as interest rates continue to climb.


Over the last three years, Lewiston-Auburn’s industrial market has experienced high demand with historically low supply, like elsewhere across the state. As a result, we’ve experienced a substantial rise in sale price and lease rates. However, is there a reason to be concerned? According to a recent article published by the Wall Street Journal, “E-commerce-related distribution centers and other warehouses are facing a squeeze from a surge in construction and softening demand.” Maine is usually slow to feel the impact of national trends, and Lewiston-Auburn’s industrial market shows no signs of slowing down, and we’ve seen a significant wave of speculative industrial development.

Notable new projects include the following:


Address Sale Price # Of Units $ Per Unit

1 Tourmaline Drive & 10 Almond Avenue, Lewiston

$10,200,000 65 $156,923
84 Lisbon Street, Lewiston $745,000 6


79 Ridgewood Avenue, Lewiston $710,000 6 $118,333



The office sector, like elsewhere throughout the state and country is still largely impacted by the pandemic and work-from-home model. Although smaller office users are somewhat active in the market, larger tenants are still trying to figure out their long-term strategies. According to data from the New England Commercial Property Exchange, there were zero traditional office leases over 10,000± SF in 2022, and there were only two traditional office sales over 10,000± SF.

On a positive note, the healthcare sector has been thriving. Exciting new development projects include the ConvenientMD under development at 600 Center Street in Auburn. ConvenientMD plans to construct a 5,000± SF facility with 25 parking spaces. Across the bridge in Lewiston, Fresenius Medical Care plans to construct a one-story, wood-framed building for a dialysis clinic at 42 Mollison Way. It’s expected to open late 2023 or early 2024.
As for notable completed projects, Central Maine Healthcare opened its new $37 million cancer center in Lewiston earlier this summer. It’s a state-of-the-art medical center, exemplifying CMMC’s long-term investment in the L-A market. According to an article published in the Sun Journal,

“The Cancer Care Center will bring CMMC’s surgical oncology, radiation oncology and chemotherapy units together under one roof, an improvement for patients who walk across campus to access cancer services on opposite ends.”



Despite soaring costs for rent and healthcare, compounded by inflation, U.S. retail sales have remained largely unchanged. During the peak of the pandemic, many retailers were forced to adapt and re-evaluate their strategies. According to a recent Bisnow report, “retail availability nationwide is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession…Asking rents are growing faster than they have in more than ten years as the pace of new construction hits record lows and retail demolition speeds up.” The bankruptcies of some of the weaker players have adjusted the market and led to fewer retailer bankruptcies through June of 2022 than any other year since 2015. On a national scale, fast-casual restaurants and grocery stores (among others) have been seeing some of the strongest overall performances. This trend seems to have taken shape locally as there have been several new restaurants entering the Lewiston-Auburn market.

Notable projects in development include a new 6,600± SF Olive Garden restaurant at 649 Turner Street in Auburn; Target is opening a new store later this year at 603 Center Street in Auburn; Subway is opening a new store at the former Holy Donut space at 910 Minot Avenue in Auburn. Notable openings this past year include Five Guys at 223 Center Street in Auburn; Aroma Joe’s at 791 Kittyhawk Avenue in Auburn; Otto Pizza at 730 Center Street; and Jersey Mike’s at 600 Center Street.

With several national tenants in the Lewiston-Auburn market looking at development sites and/or existing space, 2023 is shaping up to be another exciting year.


The Sun Journal
“Amid Neighborhood Concern, Lewiston Considers Zone Change For Farwell Street Property”

The Sun Journal
“Olive Garden Shaping Up In Auburn”

U.S. News
“U.S. Retail Sales Unexpectedly Flat In September”

The Wall Street Journal
“Ecommerce Warehouses Commercial Property Hot Spots Start To Cool”

“Despite Economic Headwinds, Retail Space Remains Scarce In U.S.”
https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/ retail/despite-economic-headwinds-retail-space-remains-scarce-inus-114454

The Sun Journal
“Move Over Holy Donut, Make Room For Subway”


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