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Friday, 25 September 2015 10:55

Ballston Hannaford Celebrates Expansion

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Department managers look forward to welcoming guests to the grand opening celebration. Department managers look forward to welcoming guests to the grand opening celebration. Photo by MarkBolles.com

Grand Re-Opening Marked with Giveaways and $7,500 for Inclusive Playground

BALLSTON SPA — Hannaford Supermarkets will unveil a series of renovations and improvements to its Ballston Spa store located at 11 Trieble Avenue off Geyser Road with a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, September 26 at 7 a.m. 

The store renovations expand the Ballston Spa store by 8,000 square feet and offer increased variety of products and a better shopping experience. Shoppers will find an expanded selection of locally grown produce; natural, organic and gluten-free products; as well as a larger butcher shop with a four-foot section of local meats; deli and seafood sections, including ready-to-cook options, a new salad and soup bar, and more local products. 

“Our customers have been saying they love our friendly service, but wish we had more variety in our offerings,” said Ballston Spa Store Manager Heather Monroe, a 15-year veteran of the company. “We’ve succeeded to do that and more. We’re one of the first to be completely integrated with organic, natural, and gluten-free options in every area, so shoppers don’t have to head to different sections. They are able to shop for the family and those with special needs all in the same aisle, now. We look forward to showing the Ballston Spa community the results of what we have been working on.”

The newly remodeled store will also offer shoppers the opportunity to select their groceries online at Hannaford.com and pick up the order curbside through the Hannaford To Go service. 

“I’m excited about this,” said Monroe. “The first time might feel a little clunky when you go online to build your shopping list because you’re choosing from everything in the store. Once you build your list, though, all your items are already there whenever you go back to it. Just select which you want, the time and date you want to pick them up, go through the drive-through and we’ll take your payment and load your car. You never have to step out of your vehicle. It’s the wave of the future. We had 105 To Go orders last week.”

Monroe said that each department chooses the items to fill the To Go orders. For example, a staff member trained in meat from that department chooses the meat. The staff choosing produce is carefully trained to pick the best quality, and any substitutions are cleared with the customer before being charged. 

The updated store also features a new drive-thru pharmacy and private consultation rooms for speaking with pharmacists and administering flu shots, which are available without an appointment. According to Monroe, the store has hired 50 additional associates between all of the departments, and the business has grown double digits over last year’s numbers.

On Saturday, September 26, the first 300 customers through the doors beginning at 7 a.m. will each receive a Hannaford mystery gift card valued anywhere between $5 and $250. The first 100 children through the doors will receive a free set of markers and reusable bag, which they can custom design. Shoppers will enjoy giveaways and samplings throughout the store.

In recognition of the grand re-opening, representatives from Hannaford Supermarkets will present a donation of $7,500 to the new all-inclusive, handicapped-accessible Town of Milton playground located at Burgess-Kimball Park on Rowland Street, across the street from the Ballston Spa store. 

The Ballston Spa store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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