Hannaford announces plans for Malta store

Hannaford Supermarkets announced today plans for a 35,000-square-foot store near exit 11 off the Northway.

The proposed building would provide about 100 jobs, said company officials, and include a pharmacy, butcher shop, produce and seafood departments, a bakery and a deli. It would be located on the west end of the Malta Mall at the southeast Corner of Round Lake Road and Chango Drive.

The mall is owned by Country Club Acres, and is home to a number of local businesses such as the Malta Health and Fitness Center, Great American Awning and Fireside Patio and Aird Dorrance, a Kohler fixture showroom.

With the planned supermarket will come a renovation of the entire shopping center, said County Club Acres's real estate agent Dean Taylor, of Re/Max Park Place, who added that his office has been in contact with Hannaford for five years and in direct negotiations for two.

Hannaford is building their store, and we are remodeling the rest of the mall, he said. "Although we have good tenants at the mall, this is landing an anchor and that should help us land higher profile tenants."

9,600 square feet of retail space will be created by the renovations, which will first be offered to current tenants, said Taylor.

Though the supermarket is slated for a 2011 opening, Taylor said it would be opened as soon as it is ready. A Trustco bank branch will likely accompany the grocery store.

The project will need approval from both the Town Board and the Planning Board, as it will require Planned Development District legislation. Town Supervisor Paul Sausville on Monday said that he was aware of the impending announcement.

"It has been in the works for a while, and it's just now ready for announcement," he said.

The supermarket would be one element of a likely town wide expansion. With a $4.2 billion GlobalFoundries factory set to open in 2012, it's expected business in the rural municipality will increase markedly.

"With construction under way in Malta for an Advance Micro Devices [a GlobalfFoundires partner] computer chip plant, we're pleased to be part of the revitalization of the area and to help serve Malta's growing needs," said Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton.


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