A supermarket mecca

— The grocery store is known for its more than 2,000 domestic, imported and specialty food items, constantly rotating food selection and the Trader Joe’s brand.

“Similar to other Trader Joe’s, 80 percent of the products will be under Trader Joe’s private label,” said Mochizuki.

Hannaford doesn’t have any new stores on the immediate horizon but the stores in Delmar and Colonie are on track to get massive overhauls.

“The project is expanding the store’s selection of organic and natural items and twice as many gluten-free products will be offered. The frozen food and dairy assortments also will grow,” said Spokesperson Eric Blom of the Colonie renovation, scheduled to be completed in the spring. “Changes to the layout of the store, such as making grocery aisles wider, will make the supermarket even easier to shop.”

The store is also expected to get “fresh new décor” and an enhanced café area. Hannaford Supermarkets in Voorheesville and Wyantskill already underwent similar remodeling efforts.

“These (renovations) are all designed on meeting the customer needs,” said Blom. “Something we’re very proud of is our environmental improvements we make.”

ShopRite is also taking care to assess and address the needs of the community, said Urtz, and each new store offers the types of products and services consumers want.

“We would like to focus on prepared foods, meals to go, providing services like a registered dietician and a strong emphasis on health and wellness,” said Urtz.

So far, the response from shoppers to the Niskayuna location has been positive.

“(They) welcomed us with open arms. It’s been a great experience for us. … They seem to definitely be thirsting for a new type of shopping environment,” said Urtz.

Despite the intrigue of a new grocery store to try out, Blom said Hannaford isn’t concerned about losing customers.

“We see competition in all of our markets so that’s nothing new to us and we believe, and experience has shown, that customers appreciate what we offer them,” said Blom, adding that the store’s active role in the community and its contributions to local organizations further solidifies its presence in the region.

Calls to Price Chopper to speak about changes to its local stores were not returned.

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