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    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.

Hannaford, Your Local Grocer Since 1883

The Hannaford brothers began selling produce in Portland, Maine, in 1883, but it took a lot more than fresh tomatoes and apples to grow their business. The brothers looked at their customers and understood what they cared about most – family, community, quality, value – and built the business accordingly, with core values that still show us the way. Today, we live those values in more than 180 stores and with 26,000 associates, our roots still firmly planted in the Northeast.

Major Milestones


Arthur Hannaford sells high-quality fruits and 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.


Edward Hannaford succeeds his brother, Howard, as president. He served in this capacity for 34 years – the longest of any Hannaford president to date.


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.


At the suggestion of Vice President Stewart Taylor, Hannaford joined the Clover Farm Group, a national organization of independent grocers, allowing the company to increase variety and inventory while reducing operating costs.


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


Stewart Taylor was rewarded for his business acumen by being named Edward Hannaford's successor as president of the company.


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


Hannaford's Board of Directors voted unanimously to pursue doing business in New Hampshire.


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. The daughter of former president Stewart Taylor, Florence Petrlik, becomes the first woman to sit on the Hannaford Board of Directors.


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.


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


Upon her retirement, Florence Petrlik, the first woman to sit on the Hannaford Board of Directors, gave an endowment to create the Hannaford Scholarship Program, enabling dependents of associates to further their education.


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, North Carolina.


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. 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.


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 the 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 more than 26,000 associates.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Hannaford receives the JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award for its commitment to hunger relief.


Hannaford launches My Hannaford Rewards, which provides customers with 2% rewards on all store-brand purchases and valuable, customized coupons.


Hannaford announces its Fuel Kids at School initiative and donates $1 million for the creation of 90 food pantries at Northeast schools.


Hannaford provides six weeks of parental leave for all qualifying full- and part-time associates after the birth, adoption or legal placement of a child.


Hannaford donates $1.75 million in additional community gifts, beyond those previously budgeted, to help individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hannaford no longer sends any food waste to landfills. All unsold food is donated to hunger relief, to provide farmers with animal feed or diverted to the production of clean energy.


Hannaford achieves a perfect score for the 10th consecutive year in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index.