When the longtime Toys R Us location in South Portland across from the Maine Mall closed last year, it left behind a large and very visible amount of retail space. For those wondering what might be next for the large building, the answer has finally come, as the Portland Press Herald is reporting that the former Toys R Us will become the first Maine location of Bernie + Phyl's furniture.

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Bernie + Phyl's is already known to most New Englanders. They have eight current locations throughout New England, including one in New Hampshire that is frequented by Maine residents. That made the decision to move into the hub of retail stores in South Portland an easy decision.

Construction has already begun and the new Bernie + Phyl's location is expected to open sometime this spring.