A notice at the cash registers of the Grand Union in Millerton says their store will be open daily until their lease expires on February 28, 2017.
A reliable source from the village informed us that plans are underway for a Hannaford's to move in after Grand Union moves out. Southern Realty, a developer already has zoning approval for a supermarket on property owned by Quinmill Properties just outside the village of Millerton near the Sharon border. That approval had been in litigation which recently ended when the courts upheld the planning board’s OK.
The supermarket site in the Trotta Grand Union mall has always been considered the better site, since it is a pre-existing supermarket site near the village. It may need to be expanded to accommodate a typical Hannaford’s.
The attorney for Quinmill Properties, Allan Rappleyea, stated in a letter to the editor in the Millerton paper that the lease for the property expired two years ago and will not be renewed. Freshtown informed us that they have no plans to go into that site.
We spoke to Dale Culver, Northeast planning board chair who confirmed that the developer, Southern Realty is planning on picking up where he left off: “The last I knew, they are planning on coming before our board at our June 22nd meeting. John Joseph the developer called the Planning Board secretary to schedule that.”
We also spoke to Hannaford Supermarkets’ public relations spokesman, Erik Blom, who told us, “We have no announcements to make around any properties in the Millerton region at this time.” Calls to the owner of the site, Robert Trotta were not returned.
Despite all the unconfirmed rumors, many in Millerton are hoping that it will be a Hannaford supermarket, since the store has a good reputation for carrying their own line of reasonably priced organics, Hannaford’s Nature’s Place.
"As a health conscious shopper and mom of a toddler I appreciate that Hannaford has more organic produce options than is typical in many large grocery chains. They also make an effort to carry only sustainable seafood and offer a variety of natural, organic and grass fed meats. Hannaford's Nature's Place brand makes affordable organic options of other staples, such as milk, eggs, beans and grains and peanut butter. It is nice that I can shop according to my values but within my budget," Maine Hannaford shopper Zoe Foster told us.