Sep 20, 2015 8:18 PM
Former family market in Durham reopens as Hannaford
DURHAM - The commercial space formerly occupied by the Durham Marketplace for 24 years has now reopened under the name of a regional chain.
Hannaford, a supermarket chain with stores across northern New England, has taken its place. The company had removed and replaced the sign that long read the name of the local, family-owned grocery store.
Employees, who used to dress casually, are now wearing bright-red, uniformed polo shirts.
A manager for the store declined to comment about the store's opening to NH1 News, deferring to the company's corporate spokesperson.
However, customers said the Hannaford wasn't all too different from what they were used to.
"It's still there," said customer Brendon Burns, who said he used to shop at the Durham Marketplace. "It's still as easy to get to, so it really hasn’t made a huge impact on me yet."Burns said the store had removed the ice cream area and that he was disappointed by it.
The owner of Durham Marketplace, Chuck Cressy, previously told NH1 News that he decided to sell the store after his landlord asked him if we wanted to expand, and that it was a proposal he felt he wasn't ready to take on.
So, Cressy decided to make a deal with Hannaford - his former employer from decades earlier.
"There was no pressure; it wasn't a negative situation. They're helping me get the best return for our inventory," said Cressy. "Hannaford has already got plans to make this a bigger and better store."