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Hannaford to purchase Brandon Grand Union supermarket

Hannaford Supermarkets today announced an agreement in principle to buy two Grand Union supermarkets located in Swanton and Brandon, Vt. The agreement with Grand Union is expected to be final in early 2010.

Hannaford currently operates 14 supermarkets in Vermont. Both Swanton and Brandon complement its current stores, the company said.

"In Swanton, we are excited about serving new customers in northern Vermont," said Michael Norton, Hannaford Supermarkets spokesperson. "In Brandon, the agreement with Grand Union will allow us to begin serving customers there about a full year ahead of opening the new Hannaford store planned for Route 7 at the intersection of Nickerson Road."

The Brandon store, 71 Supermarket Dr., is a 19,900-square-foot store. Hannaford plans to operate there temporarily and move to its new location planned for Route 7 at the intersection of Nickerson Road in 2011. Hannaford announced Sept. 16, 2009 that it had signed a lease agreement with Second Generation Development, the developer of the Route 7 store. Second Generation Development expects to obtain permits in early summer and break ground shortly thereafter.

The new Brandon store is being designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards, furthering Hannaford's commitment to building new stores that use substantially less resources and have less impact on the environment.

In Brandon, the company expects the building will be leased to a new retail tenant after the opening of its new store in 2011.

Grand Union will continue to operate the stores while the agreement is finalized. In Brandon, the level of employment will increase substantially in 2011 when Hannaford moves to the new Route 7 location, which will include a pharmacy.

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 171 stores under the Hannaford Supermarket and Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy names.

Hannaford is known for its low prices, quality produce, meat and deli products and outstanding customer service. Health magazine named Hannaford among its top ten healthiest grocery stores in the United States, citing local product offering and affordability. The company is the only U.S. retailer recognized as a top "Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles" by the National Business Group on Health.

Hannaford stores also feature Guiding Stars, a simple tool to help customers locate the most nutritious foods in the store quickly and easily. This summer, the company became the first supermarket chain in the world to open a store built to the highest standards (Platinum LEED) of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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