Hannaford Supermarket holds grand opening in Bedford

By LORETTA JACKSON

Correspondent

BEDFORD – Early birds entered en masse through the doors of the new Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy at 7 Kilton Road on Saturday, June 18.

The 7 a.m. grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting, product samples, a raffle and gifts of white carnations. Store cards ranging from $5-$250 went to the first 500 customers.

Store manager Suzanne Riel, of Goffstown, and associates from the Bedford store and from Hannaford stores as far away as Maine welcomed all. Riel said extensive research went into the store’s design.

"The store is set up based on customer feedback," she said. "It’s set up for convenience, and to provide the products and services our customers told us they want and need."

Innovations abound at the 68,000-square-foot store, a site formerly occupied by a Stop & Shop that closed in 2013. The new store has a kitchen and cafe with tables and comfy chairs. Specialty shops feature made-to-order foods including sushi, salads, sandwiches and Mexican dishes. The bakery boasts displays of locally made breads, pastries and pies. Aromatic wheels of cheese were sliced and sampled that day by hundreds.

The Driscoll family, of Bedford, deemed the store "awesome." Eric and Marie Driscoll, their son, Dylan, and a baby daughter, Mary, won a gift card worth $250. Fruits, veggies and meats were among their first selections.

Riel greeted them and thanked them for their patronage. Meanwhile, more shoppers were met by the WZID street team, ambassadors from the Manchester Radio Group. The team was busy all morning handing out souvenirs and chances to win an iPad.

Elsewhere, bakery manager Kelly Heffron, of Nashua, distributed fruit tarts made from strawberries and rhubarb.

Mike Plamondon, of Manchester, the Bedford store’s field merchandiser of meats and seafood, replenished them from a multi-tiered rolling cart with dozens of packages of chicken breasts and fryer legs. Staffers at the meat counter wrapped spicy sausages, beef steaks and thick-cut pork chops.

The new store, across from the Bedford Mall, replaces one on Colby Court in Bedford. Folks at the grand opening learned the new store offers a flower shop, online ordering and curbside pickup of groceries. A drive-thru at the pharmacy is another amenity.

In addition, the space includes a 700-square-foot community room for gatherings sponsored by nonprofit organizations.

Community spirit was evidenced with hefty donations to eight community groups. The Bedford Public Library and the Bedford Historical Society netted $2,000 each. Other gifts ranged from $500-$2.000.

Comments from shoppers that day were mostly rave reviews, although one said it’s too big.

The Bedford Hannaford now joins a family of 189 supermarkets in the Northeast. For more information, visit hannaford.com or call the store at 625-5431.

Hannaford Supermarket holds grand opening in Bedford

BEDFORD – Early birds entered en masse through the doors of the new Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy at 7 Kilton Road on Saturday, June 18.

The 7 a.m. grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting, product samples, a raffle and gifts of white carnations. Store cards ranging from $5-$250 went to the first 500 customers.

Store manager Suzanne Riel, of Goffstown, and associates from the Bedford store and from Hannaford stores as far away as Maine welcomed all. Riel said extensive research went into the store’s design.

"The store is set up based on customer feedback," she said. "It’s set up for convenience, and to provide the products and services our customers told us they want and need."

Innovations abound at the 68,000-square-foot store, a site formerly occupied by a Stop & Shop that closed in 2013. The new store has a kitchen and cafe with tables and comfy chairs. Specialty shops feature made-to-order foods including sushi, salads, sandwiches and Mexican dishes. The bakery boasts displays of locally made breads, pastries and pies. Aromatic wheels of cheese were sliced and sampled that day by hundreds.

The Driscoll family, of Bedford, deemed the store "awesome." Eric and Marie Driscoll, their son, Dylan, and a baby daughter, Mary, won a gift card worth $250. Fruits, veggies and meats were among their first selections.

Riel greeted them and thanked them for their patronage. Meanwhile, more shoppers were met by the WZID street team, ambassadors from the Manchester Radio Group. The team was busy all morning handing out souvenirs and chances to win an iPad.

Elsewhere, bakery manager Kelly Heffron, of Nashua, distributed fruit tarts made from strawberries and rhubarb.

Mike Plamondon, of Manchester, the Bedford store’s field merchandiser of meats and seafood, replenished them from a multi-tiered rolling cart with dozens of packages of chicken breasts and fryer legs. Staffers at the meat counter wrapped spicy sausages, beef steaks and thick-cut pork chops.

The new store, across from the Bedford Mall, replaces one on Colby Court in Bedford. Folks at the grand opening learned the new store offers a flower shop, online ordering and curbside pickup of groceries. A drive-thru at the pharmacy is another amenity.

In addition, the space includes a 700-square-foot community room for gatherings sponsored by nonprofit organizations.

Community spirit was evidenced with hefty donations to eight community groups. The Bedford Public Library and the Bedford Historical Society netted $2,000 each. Other gifts ranged from $500-$2.000.

Comments from shoppers that day were mostly rave reviews, although one said it’s too big.

The Bedford Hannaford now joins a family of 189 supermarkets in the Northeast. For more information, visit hannaford.com or call the store at 625-5431.