In 1883, Arthur Hannaford sells high-quality fruits & vegetables from a one-horse produce cart on the Portland, Maine, waterfront.
In 1902, Hannaford Bros. Co. is incorporated under the leadership of Arthur’s brothers, Howard and Edward.
In 1920, a leading produce wholesaler in Northern New England, Hannaford relocates to a five-story, state-of-the-art warehouse on Cross Street in Portland.
In 1939, Hannaford expands into the wholesale grocery business with the purchase of H. S. Melcher Co., parent company of Red & White stores throughout Maine.
In 1944, Hannaford ventures into retailing for the first time under a unique equity partnership arrangement with William T. Cottle, owner of Cottle’s Supermarkets.
In 1960, to service an expanding retail business, Hannaford opens a modern 200,000-square-foot warehouse in South Portland, Maine; Walter Whittier is appointed president of the company.
In 1971, Hannaford has 59 supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and 43 wholesale accounts; earnings top $1 million. The company goes public; Jim Moody is appointed president of the company.
In 1982, The Hannaford Trucking Company is established to supply Hannaford’s growing retail business.
In 1995, Hannaford expands in the Southeastern U.S. The company purchases six Farm Fresh stores, opens Superstores in five new markets in North Carolina and Virginia and builds a new 431,000-square-foot warehouse in Butner, N.C.
In 2000, the acquisition by Delhaize Company – soon to be renamed Delhaize Group – is completed; Hannaford is now part of the fifth-largest food retailer in the United States, with 1,400 stores from Maine to Florida. Ron Hodge is appointed president and chief operating officer; Hugh Farrington remains CEO and is elected vice chairman of Delhaize America in the United States. Hannaford introduces a new prototype supermarket in Falmouth, Maine, as well as the company’s first smaller-format 35,000-square-foot store in Milton, N.Y.
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