TURNER – Hannaford Supermarkets confirmed its plans to build a store at the intersection of Route 4 and Snell Hill Road at an informational meeting with selectman, on Thursday.

The store, to be approximately 36,000 square feet, will have a full-service pharmacy, butcher shop, produce and seafood departments, a bakery, deli and large selection of natural and organic foods, according to a news release.

“The jobs and adding to the tax base is always positive,” said Town Manager Eva Leavitt.

“The convenience of having a food store close by is appealing to people,” said Mike Norton, Hannaford spokesperson.

The proposed site for the store, which will employ 100 full- and part-time associates, is on 8 acres that abut Androscoggin Land Trust property.

The plan would allow for public trail access to the land trust property and designated parking spaces for people using the trails.

“I think in this economy when a multi million-dollar company like Hannaford proposes a store that will bring in jobs, people are excited,” said Jonathan LaBonte, Androscoggin Land Trust executive director.

“We’re looking forward to meeting and talking with people in the community,” Norton said. “A walking trail is consistent with what we’re (Hannaford) about.”

Slated to open in 2010, the construction will use environmentally friendly materials.

Norton said the store would also be using energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration systems in addition to continued efforts to recycle waste daily.

Hannaford operates 167 stores and employs more than 27,000 people in five states.


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