What was once a Grand Union and then a Tops, is now a Hannaford. The new supermarket, in the Cold Brook Plaza, will open up Saturday, March 16.
The space has been vacant for far too long and the Lake Placid News welcomes this New England-based supermarket to the Lake Placid community.
The new supermarket has already hired about 75 people and will employ between 80 and 100, according to store Manager Laurie Drake.
Eighty percent of these employees were hired locally, providing jobs in our community during tough economic times.
The Cold Brook Plaza has seen a slow flow of traffic with first the loss of its supermarket and later, Kinney Drugs. Now, activity and business in the quiet shopping center should really pick up.
The addition of this new supermarket will not only give locals more shopping variety — and perhaps lower prices through competition — it will also help to make Lake Placid more of a shopping destination for the entire region, which can’t hurt our local economy.
At a recent school board meeting, it was announced that Hannaford Supermarket donated $3,000 to the Lake Placid Central School District, a gesture that shows the new store hopes to be a positive addition to this community.
Good luck to the success of our new Lake Placid neighbor.