Hannaford to Buy Local Independent for the Site

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Supermarkets has signed an agreement to buy Winthrop, Maine-based independent single-store grocer Mister Market, then raze the store to replace it with a new 36,000-square-foot Hannaford Supermarket behind the current Mister Market store.

Mister Market, which has served the Winthrop area for more than 35 years, has been a wholesale customer of Hannaford since 1999, "so customers are familiar with the Hannaford brand," said Hannaford spokeswoman Caren Epstein.

According to Epstein, the purchase hinges on securing all the necessary approvals for the new location. "We intend to begin seeking approvals in the near future," she noted in a statement. "We hope to secure all approvals by the fall of 2008 and commence construction shortly thereafter.

Current owner Daren Hachey will continue to run Mister Market until about a month before the opening of the new Hannaford unit. The new Hannaford will feature a pharmacy, a full service butcher shop, produce and seafood departments, and a bakery and deli. It will offer a broad assortment of natural and organic products and locally grown produce.

Hannaford hasn’t yet provided a new store opening date.

Hannaford knows Winthrop well, having owned and operated Progressive Distributors, Inc. in the town since 1968. The company supplies general merchandise, pharmaceuticals, and specialty foods.

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