Hannaford Supermarkets said Thursday it wants to expand its store in the growing Saratoga County town of Milton to a total of 44,400 square feet.
The proposed 8,000-square-foot addition to the store on Trieble Avenue would allow the supermarket to add a wide variety of new products, the company said in a statement — including additional natural and organic items.
The company said it will submit plans to the town for an expansion of what is now a 36,400-square-foot store. The proposal would add a pharmacy drive-through and increased parking, all on part of the seven acres it already owns.
The store opened in 2000, and the number of apartments and homes in the immediate area has increased significantly since then.
“This expansion will add 8,000 new items to the variety of fresh, frozen and packaged products offered in Ballston Spa,” said Hannaford spokesman Eric Blom.
The store is in Milton Center, the town’s evolving commercial hub, which is about three miles north of Ballston Spa. It is the nearest full-service supermarket to the village.
Another unnamed grocery store chain has proposed a 50,000-square-foot store closer to the village, at the corner of Northline Road and Route 50, but that project is at least a year away from starting construction because of an Army Corps of Engineers wetlands-disturbance review.
Hannaford said new features in the store if the addition is added will include a pharmacy consultation room where customers can speak confidentially with a pharmacist or have a flu shot in private. The store also will have a new look and design, Blom said.
Hannaford hopes to begin construction during the first half of 2015, if it gets the necessary approvals.
Town Supervisor Dan Lewza said approval from the Federal Aviation Administration will be necessary because of the store’s proximity to the Saratoga County Airport, but he doesn’t expect that to be a major issue.
“I am a supporter of this expansion. It’s going to be great for the community, good for the residents,” he said.
The only approvals needed from the town will be related to the site plan review by the town Planning Board.