CARMEL, N.Y. - The Hannaford supermarket in Putnam Plaza on Route 6 in Carmel is no more. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, the supermarket reopened its doors to the public as a Tops Friendly Market.
The supermarket was packed throughout most of the day and parking spaces were at a premium as curious shoppers showed up in droves to check out the new store.
Hannaford markets are owned by Delhaize Group, which merged with Ahold, owners of Stop & Shop supermarkets, this summer. As part of the conditions for approval of the merger, the Federal Trade Commission asked both parent companies to sell off some of their stores.
As a result, Tops Friendly Markets officials said they entered into agreements with both Stop & Shop and Hannaford to acquire six of their stores—five are located in the Hudson Valley area and one in Massachusetts. Four of the supermarkets are from the Stop & Shop banner and two are from the Hannaford banner. Besides the Carmel Hannaford, the Hannaford in LaGrangeville in Dutchess County will also become a Tops Friendly Market, while the Hannaford in Pawling will remain unchanged.
The Hannaford market in Carmel closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
“We are very excited about this growth opportunity for Tops, especially since these stores are a natural extension of our current footprint,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement “We are looking forward to having these stores, the associates and the surrounding communities become part of the Tops family, and for both our customers and us, it will be business as usual.”
There are more than 750 associates in total employed at the six locations, which will bring Tops associate totals to over 16,000. In a statement, Tops officials said they will offer all employees continued employment with Tops and operate all six stores without any interruption in service.
“Upon completion of these purchases, we plan to invest in the stores and the surrounding communities in an effort to best serve our associates and customers,” said John Persons, Tops’ president and CEO. “We look forward to meeting the needs of our new neighbors and customers, providing them with a positive shopping experience that focuses on variety, freshness, convenience and exceptional value.”
Tops Markets LLC, which is headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y., operates 170 full-service supermarkets—165 company-owned with an additional five supermarkets operated by franchisees under the Tops banner. Most of its stores are found in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts. It employs over 15,000 associates.