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Hannaford store to open in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - Hannaford Supermarkets has announced it will open a new store in Lake Placid.

Representatives from the New England area supermarket chain announced May 12 that it has signed a lease agreement for a 40,500-square foot store in the former Tops Market site in Cold Brook Plaza.

The store is projected to open in spring 2011 and will feature a butcher shop, produce and seafood departments, a bakery, deli, and full-service pharmacy.

"Our closest current location is in Plattsburgh, which is a 45-minute drive from Lake Placid," said Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton in a press release. "We look forward to providing area residents and visitors with an easy-to-shop Hannaford supermarket that offers a range of fresh, high-quality foods at great value and a convenient pharmacy."

North Elba supervisor Roby Politi said the addition of the Hannaford store brings more diversity and competition to an area that already serves as a major shopping center for the surrounding region.

"We see it as a very positive aspect of growth in our village," he said, "especially at a time when everything else seems so negative."

Politi said he and Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall have been working with Hannaford representatives for the past year and were happy to bring in a supermarket that showed sustainability.

"We knew that Hannaford was very highly respected in the business, both from a quality standpoint and from a financial standpoint," he said.

The store is expected to employ 100 associates, which Norton said would be hired mainly from surrounding communities.

"It's going to bring approximately 40 full-time jobs and 50 part-time jobs," said Politi. "That's going to be good for all our local people."

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