Hannaford's Winding Road to Retailing

As it marks its 125th year in business, Hannaford Bros. Co. can look back on a history significantly different from that of most of its retail peers. Unlike most of them, it was strictly a wholesaler in its earliest days, primarily a produce wholesaler. Starting with its founding in 1883, it would be 44 years before the company added other wholesale categories, and another

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — As it marks its 125th year in business, Hannaford Bros. Co. here can look back on a history significantly different from that of most of its retail peers.

Unlike most of them, it was strictly a wholesaler in its earliest days, primarily a produce wholesaler. Starting with its founding in 1883, it would be 44 years before the company added other wholesale categories, and another 17 years after that before it began operating its own retail stores.

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