BRUNSWICK — The Maine Merchants Association named a Brunswick bakery and cafe as its 2012 Retailer of the Year.

Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe will receive the award at the association’s 79th annual meeting Oct. 25 in Portland.

The award winner is chosen on the basis of continued growth, community commitment and having a positive work environment. Maine Merchants Association Executive Director Curtis Picard said Wild Oats continues to expand, hire loyal workers and be an anchor of downtown Brunswick.

Wild Oats was founded in 1991 by David and Becky Shepherd.

The Maine Merchants Association is a nonprofit trade group representing over 400 businesses in the state.

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