Hannaford completes deal to buy Hampden grocery store

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 10, 2010, at 6:57 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Hannaford Supermarkets, which owns 175 grocery stores throughout New England and parts of New York, has added one more location after completing a deal to buy Edwards Family Shop ’n Save in Hampden.

Representatives of Hannaford-, Maine’s largest grocery chain, said customers and the store’s 80 full- and part-time employees should see a seamless transition.

“We’re excited to have this store in the Hannaford family,” District Manager Tom Perry said. “[Owner] Dana [Edwards] and his associates have done a wonderful job running the store as an independent Hannaford wholesale customer for the past five years. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to continue serving the great customers of the Hampden area.”

Edwards purchased the former Graves Supermarket from Hannaford five years ago. He said the decision to sell the store to Hannaford was difficult, but that the move is in the best interest of his family, the store and his employees.

“We are confident this decision is best for all concerned,” Edwards wrote in a letter explaining the sale to associates. “Sister ‘Graves’ stores in Bar Harbor and Camden made a very smooth transition to Hannaford and I’m confident we will all look back on this move and know this was the right decision for us all.”

Over the next several weeks, Hannaford district leadership will guide Edwards employees through the transition process by communicating future pay and benefits and making formal job offers.

The Edwards family still owns grocery stores in Dover-Foxcroft and Unity and has no plans to sell those, Edwards said.

Aside from new signage and other minor cosmetic changes, the Hampden location is not expected to look radically different, according to Matt Paul, a spokesman for Scarborough-based Hannaford

Hannaford employs approximately 27,000 associates in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Most locations have full-service pharmacies, and all stores feature Guiding Stars, the nation’s first storewide nutrition navigation system.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/09/10/business/hannaford-completes-deal-to-buy-hampden-grocery-store/ printed on October 31, 2014