It's pretty amazing when a store that was built or last renovated more than 10 or 15 years ago still looks modern now. I think that's the case with at least the outside of this Hannaford in Kingston, NY, which was built in the 1990s as one of Grand Union's flagship superstores. The facade has not been substantially changed since it was built.
The window corner looks great from the outside and creates a very bright space for the entrance inside. Hannaford took over this location in the bankruptcy in 2001 and renovated it at least once inside since then.
My one complaint about the outside here is that it reads, Supermarket Hannaford. Wouldn't it make more sense to put the icon, with the word Supermarket, on the right of Hannaford? Or, I'm pretty sure everyone around this store knows what Hannaford is, so why not just put Hannaford in the banner?
There are entrances and exits on either side of the glass enclosure. They bring you into an open foyer with a door to the left in the picture above to the grand aisle, and the front-end runs to the right in the above picture. The parking lot has a pretty cool cover structure over the walkway:
Must be nice when it's raining. Or snowing. I bet this is left from GU.
A quick look inside. You enter a large, spacious produce department. The wall to the left above runs along the front of the store, facing the main parking lot. The entrance is behind me and grocery aisles are to my right. Service departments continue along the back wall.
Very nice seafood counter -- much better and bigger than what you'd expect in a chain store like Hannaford. I also really like the tile along the back wall here.
Looking along the back wall.
The perimeter has very low ceilings, but they open up to an exposed ceiling over the grocery aisles, which is much nicer. I don't know why they didn't build the whole store with these higher ceilings. Maybe there's a second floor.
The deli and prepared foods department is looking pretty sad here, but it was actually really nice. The signage is some of the worst I've ever seen. Why use dark purple on a dark blue background? And why doesn't the prepared foods counter (to the left) get any signage at all?
This store was built by GU as a replacement for an older store in the same mall.