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History of Hannaford


Arthur Hannaford sells high-quality fruits & vegetables from a one-horse produce cart on the Portland, Maine, waterfront.


Hannaford Bros. Co. is incorporated under the leadership of Arthur’s brothers, Howard and Edward.


A leading produce wholesaler in Northern New England, Hannaford relocates to a five-story, state-of-the-art warehouse on Cross Street in Portland.


Hannaford begins a long-standing partnership with the United Way; in 2007, associates raise and donate more than $1.8 million to help fund United Way programs.


Hannaford expands into the wholesale grocery business with the purchase of H. S. Melcher Co., parent company of Red & White stores throughout Maine.


Hannaford ventures into retailing for the first time under a unique equity partnership arrangement with William T. Cottle, owner of Cottle’s Supermarkets.


Continuing a strategic shift from wholesale to retail, Hannaford merges with T. R. Savage Co. of Bangor, laying the groundwork for future retail expansion in Northern Maine.


To service an expanding retail business, Hannaford opens a modern 200,000-square-foot warehouse in South Portland, Maine; Walter Whittier is appointed president of the company.


Hannaford’s retail presence in Maine continues to grow with the purchase of the 31-store Sampson’s supermarket chain.


Hannaford purchases specialty foods distributor Progressive Distributors, based in Winthrop, Maine.


Hannaford has 59 supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and 43 wholesale accounts; earnings top $1 million. The company goes public; Jim Moody is appointed president of the company.


Hannaford opens its first Wellby Drug Store.


The Hannaford Trucking Company is established to supply Hannaford’s growing retail business.


Hannaford opens its first Super Shop ’n Save, adding pharmacy services to the company’s supermarket format. Hugh Farrington is appointed president of Hannaford Bros. Co.; Jim Moody is named chairman of the board and CEO.


Hannaford expands into New York and Massachusetts; sales surpass $1 billion.


Hannaford purchases the eleven-store Alexander’s chain in New Hampshire.


Hugh Farrington becomes CEO; sales surpass $2 billion. The Wellby Drug Store chain is sold to focus on adding pharmacy services into the company’s existing supermarkets.


Hannaford acquires Wilson’s Supermarkets, with twenty stores in North Carolina and South Carolina; begins development of Strategic Information Process (SIP) – an innovative, computer-based decision support system.


Hannaford expands in the Southeastern U.S. The company purchases six Farm Fresh stores, opens Superstores in five new markets in North Carolina and Virginia and builds a new 431,000-square-foot warehouse in Butner, N.C.


The company changes the name of its Shop ’n Save private-brand label to Hannaford brand.


Sales exceed $3 billion. The company changes the name of its supermarkets from Shop ’n Save to Hannaford throughout New York State.


Hannaford announces its acquisition by Belgium-based Delhaize Company, joining a $14-billion global food retailer.


The acquisition by Delhaize Company – soon to be renamed Delhaize Group – is completed; Hannaford is now part of the fifth-largest food retailer in the United States, with 1,400 stores from Maine to Florida. Ron Hodge is appointed president and chief operating officer; Hugh Farrington remains CEO and is elected vice chairman of Delhaize America in the United States. Hannaford introduces a new prototype supermarket in Falmouth, Maine, as well as the company’s first smaller-format 35,000-square-foot store in Milton, N.Y.


Hannaford acquires five Grand Union supermarkets in New York. The company changes the name of its supermarkets from Shop ’n Save to Hannaford in the Portland, Maine, market. Ron Hodge is appointed CEO; Hugh Farrington is named Delhaize Group executive vice president and is elected to board of directors of Delhaize Group.


The company changes the name of its supermarkets from Shop ’n Save to Hannaford throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.


Total sales grow by an impressive 7.3 percent over the previous year. Hugh Farrington retires after 35 years of dedicated service.


Hannaford acquires nineteen Victory Supermarkets in Central and Southeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.


Hannaford opens fourteen new stores, the most in a single year by the company; expands pharmacy service to 120 stores; announces the landmark Guiding Stars program, a store navigation system that makes it easy to find foods with more nutrition.


Hannaford celebrates its 125th anniversary.


Hannaford has 167 stores and 27,000 associates.


With nearly two decades of environmental stewardship and extensive progress on recycling, reducing waste, and rethinking construction, operations, and transportation processes to lessen our impact on the environment, Hannaford opens its first LEEDS Platinum-certified supermarket in Augusta, Maine. Click here to learn more about what we are doing today.

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