BALLSTON SPA — On July 24, Hannaford Supermarkets announced plans to build a 38,000-square-foot, full-service supermarket off Rt. 50/67 (Church Avenue) in Ballston. After a July 25 Ballston planning board meeting, members voted to be the lead agency for the site plan review.
The new store will offer a pharmacy, Hannaford To Go online shopping service and thousands of the fresh and packaged products that customers need. Between 100 and 110 full- and part-time associates will work at the store.
Hannaford has reached an agreement with the owners of the property, Frank and Rose Marie Rossi, and has filed a site plan application with the Ballston Planning Board. The property on which the Hannaford store will be located is 76 acres. Lot one of the property, where the store will be, is 22 acres while the store will total in 38,000 square-feet.
“We are very excited for them to try to build something here next year,” Frank Rossi II said. Rossi is son to owners Frank and Rose Marie Rossi and a representative for the family.
“We are excited to provide Ballston customers with a convenient, new location for meeting all their grocery shopping needs,” said Eric Blom, company spokesman.
“Hannaford looks forward to working with residents, charitable organizations and municipal officials, in making this supermarket a vibrant, contributing member of the Ballston community,” he added.
The Ballston store will be located between existing Hannaford supermarkets in Milton and Malta, providing another convenient spot off Route 50 (Church Avenue). With Ballston, Hannaford will operate 50 stores in New York.
Previously the Rossi family had reached an agreement with Walmart for plans to build on the property. However, on Nov. 30, 2016, Walmart had walked away from the project.
“Literally hours later we had a message on the home answering machine basically saying this is Hannaford and we’re interested,” Rossi said.
Founded in 1883 by Northeast farmers, Hannaford is known for its fresh food, commitment to local products and communities. Hannaford Supermarkets is based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 180 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.