The Houlton and Caribou locations will become Hannaford stores.
For Immediate Release:
Sept. 16, 2014
Eric Blom, 207-885-3132
Hannaford to purchase Eastern Maine supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets has reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ‘n Save to purchase supermarkets the company operates in Houlton, Caribou and Calais.
The Houlton and Caribou locations will become Hannaford supermarkets, both with full-service pharmacies. Hannaford expects to offer all associates at those stores positions with the grocer.
The Paradis family will continue to operate the Calais supermarket on an interim basis, while Hannaford works to identify an independent company to operate the store.
The Houlton and Caribou transitions will take place after the formal completion of the transaction later this fall. The transition timing of the Calais store has not yet been determined. Paradis locations in Fort Kent, Madawaska and Brewer are not affected by this agreement.
“Hannaford has been serving Maine communities for more than 130 years, and we are excited to be adding new Maine stores to our family,” said Tom Perry, Hannaford director of operations for Eastern Maine. “We are committed to being a community partner in every market we serve and to providing customers with the everyday low prices, outstanding fresh foods and fantastic customer service they expect from Hannaford.”
Representatives of Hannaford will be speaking with employees who work at the stores to ensure they understand the transition process and to answer questions.
“Paradis appreciates the opportunity that we have had to serve these communities but the time for us to sell to a great organization like Hannaford is right,” said Craig Paradis, treasurer of Paradis Shop ‘n Save. “We have enjoyed the many friendships that we have made and wish all the customers and associates well in their new endeavor with their new employer.”
The Paradis stores are wholesale customers of Hannaford and sell many Hannaford-brand products.
“Customers will continue to see familiar faces and the products that they have come to appreciate once this transition takes place,” Perry said. Hannaford, which was founded in Portland in 1883, operates 57 stores in Maine and is headquartered in Scarborough.
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 185 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system, and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com
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