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Our Story

Hannaford started out as a fresh produce vendor in Portland, Maine, way back in 1883 - so we know a thing or two about quality. We're still connected to those early roots as a local market, and the connection we have to the sources of our fresh foods is core to the way we do business.

Mike Vail, Hannaford Supermarket President

Mike Vail has more than 30 years of experience working in the retail grocery business. One of the things he values most is hearing firsthand about your shopping experiences with us. How can we improve? What do you appreciate about us? You can email Mike directly with your feedback here.

Home office address

Hannaford Supermarkets
145 Pleasant Hill Road
Scarborough, ME 04074

Individual store addresses: Hannaford Store Locator

Moments in time

1883

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

1902

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

1920

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

1929

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.

1939

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

1944

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

1955

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.

1960

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.

1966

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

1967

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

1971

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.

1973

Hannaford opens its first Wellby Drug Store.

1982

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

1984

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.

1987

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

1990

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

1992

Sales surpass $2 billion. The Wellby Drug Store chain is sold to focus on adding pharmacy services into the company’s existing supermarkets.

1994

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.

1995

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, North Carolina.

1996

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

1997

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

1999

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

2000

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. 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, New York.

2001

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.

2002

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

2003

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

2004

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

2006

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.

2008

Hannaford celebrates its 125th anniversary.

2009

Hannaford has 167 stores and more than 26,000 associates.

2009

Hannaford opens a new supermarket in Augusta, Maine, that was the first grocery store in the country to receive LEED Platinum recognition for its advanced environmental practices. Many of these practices are now standard for Hannaford.

2011

Hannaford To Go opens as a pilot in Dover, New Hampshire. This service allows customers to order groceries online and pick them up at the store. This program continues to be offered in more and more stores.

2012

Hannaford becomes the first major supermarket in the United States to document that all seafood products sold, in every department across the store, are sustainably harvested.

2013

The Turner Hannaford store receives the “Best of the Best Award” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership for installing a first-in-the-nation refrigeration system that is far better for the environment than a typical system.

2015

Hannaford opens a 20,000-square-foot small-format concept store in North Berwick, Maine. The store has new decor as well as merchandising techniques designed specifically for smaller locations.

2016

Hannaford completely eliminates food waste at 53 of its stores. Across the Northeast, the company donates more than 25 million pounds of food for hunger relief and diverts most other potential waste to composting facilities.

2016

Hannaford celebrates the 10th anniversary of Guiding Stars, the science-based system invented at Hannaford to rate the nutritional quality of every food in the store.

2016

Hannaford opens a new large-format concept store in Bedford, New Hampshire. The supermarket features an in-store kitchen and café and specialty-shop-style departments.

2016

Hannaford becomes part of the newly formed company Ahold Delhaize through the merger of Delhaize Group and Ahold.

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