Many jobs already filled at the new Exeter Hannaford
The supermarket chain plans to open the 65,000-square-foot store in the space left vacant when Stop & Shop closed.
“The work is progressing well. We’re essentially transforming it into a Hannaford. Certainly, there’s a lot that goes into making it a store that is a Hannaford in terms of the store experience for customers,” he said, adding that the construction work is “substantial” but less than if it were building from scratch.
As for the store’s employment opportunities, Blom said Hannaford had an “extremely strong response” when it held a job fair the week of Jan. 7.
“We’re seeing a lot of positive reaction to the idea of a store coming to town, and people are excited,” he said.
The Exeter location will give Hannaford 34 stores in New Hampshire — more than any other grocery store chain in the state.
The new Hannaford will be the only supermarket in Exeter.
It’s expected to compete with Market Basket and Shaw’s, both of which are located nearby, on Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham.
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