The Last Retailer Standing
"In the end, there is pizza.
High-minded ideals -- revitalizing downtown Portland, supporting Maine agriculture --have scattered on the wind to take root elsewhere. Defunct and for sale, the former Portland Public Market building is a lonely shell of concrete, wood and glass.
Walk inside at lunch time. Scan the emptiness.
But wait. In a distant corner, lights blaze. A sign reads "Romeos Express." It's a mini-version of the five-store pizza chain started 18 years ago by a local businessman, Dimitrios Mihos.
Hey, Dimitrios. The market's gone. The building's vacant.
What are you doing, man?
Mihos is the first to admit: 'It's a very unusual scenario.'
This is a story of an entrepreneur who made a long-term investment and refuses to give up, even though he basically has no customers. Smart and stubborn, Mihos hopes that he may yet turn absurdity into opportunity."