Hannaford announces plans for Malta store

Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton said the preliminary plan is to build new space onto the old building. The new space should hold nearly the entire store.

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 likely 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.

Building and Planning Coordinator Anthony Tozzi said that the town has not received any applications pertaining to the supermarket.

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.

Norton said that the GlobalFoundries project was definitely on the company's radar, though a location in Malta also fills another market in the chain's Capital Dristrict presence.

"That's obviously a factor, but it's also just an opportunity to put ourselves a good many miles closer to people who are living or working in the area," he said. "There's an opportunity for people to not have to travel as far to find us."

Hannaford is based in Scarborough, Maine, and operates 171 stores in five Northeast states.""

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