Imagine an oasis: a virtual garden, if you will, of fresh produce, meat, cheese,
wine, freshly baked goods, an ocean of seafood, and more. All this bathed in
brilliant sunlight, surrounded by living trees, and enhanced by exotic shades
of tangerine, turquoise, fuchsia, and emerald for as far as the eye can see.
Sound like paradise? It is! Find it all at the Hannaford Bros. Supermarket in
Falmouth, ME, and at many other locations throughout the northeastern states
in the near future.
For Hannaford Bros. Co., the concept of an interactive shopping experience
that would appeal to all five senses gave way to the construction of a 55,000-
square-foot supermarket that exemplifies the future of full-service, high-value
"The store reflects the feedback we've received from our customers and
attempts to integrate those products and services they've identified as most
important to them," says Rod Hodge, executive vice president and COO of
Hannaford Bros. Co. "The store [offers] a shopping experience unlike any
other, with surprises in every department throughout the store. The interactive
focus of the store's interior design appeals to all the senses."
From the vantage point of the design team, reinterpreting and updating the
grocery chain's established brand and reputation for quality and value was paramount
to the success of the project. It also meant riding against popular design -
trendy intimate boutique-style departments throughout a maze of aisles and a
labyrinth of obstructed signage. "It was important to the client that we
design the store with the look and feel of an all-in-one supermarket. Lighting
elements, ceiling systems, custom-dyed concrete floors, shelving colors, and
uniform signage and pricing stickers all reflect Hannaford Bros. brand as being
that of quality and integrity," says Bob Lowe, associate principal at Somerville,
MA-based Arrowstreet Inc., the architectural and design firm for the project.
Throughout the main grocery department, the emphasis is more on product value
and less on aesthetics, using minimal color and casement treatments. Quality
and convenience are the value-added options in this area as customers breezing
through for those grab-and-go staples enjoy an easy-in, easy-out shopping experience.
Wood, brushed metal, and original artwork add a signature element to each of
the specialty departments. Bright colors and large graphics grab the attention
of shoppers and emphasize their arrival into specific areas. Signage and wayfinding
tools are large, colorful, and easy to identify and read. The multi-dimensional
quality gives them a look of permanence and sophistication.
Shopping aisles are wide and uncluttered. Custom-tinted concrete floors add
additional waves and splashes of coordinating color throughout the store.
As anchor of the supermarket, The Butcher Shop is framed with rugged, heavy
timber. An endless selection of prime cuts and choice meats are available, sliced
to order at the meat counter. In similar but contrasting design to The Fish
Shop, dramatic and colorful custom tile artwork adorns the walls and pillars
in both of these departments. Refrigeration cases are low and convenient to
More upscale departments - Nature's Place and The Wine Cellar - employ a more
polished and refined look, with rich custom wood casework and finishes, signature
artwork, and brightly colored banners. Interactive sampling areas and kiosks
invite shoppers to participate in cooking lessons, try new recipes, and gather
and exchange wine information.
Without question, the pièce de résistance is the breathtaking
atrium setting of The Farmer's Market. Complete with natural lighting from the
clerestory windows, living trees, and sidewalk vendor-style pushcarts as display
fixtures, this department is the favored area of the supermarket. Large-scale
illustrative graphics and natural finishes help define The Farmer's Market environment.
Whether going to the market is your bag or not, the experience of shopping at
the Hannaford Bros. Supermarket is a vacation for the senses and will satisfy
even the fussiest connoisseur.