We first brought you the news back in March, that G&M Family Market on Route 1A in Holden was going to shut down for a few days to make some improvements and switch suppliers from Surefine to Hannaford.

Well, the store has been closed for the last 3 days and will reopen Thursday, June 8th, as an "Independent Hannaford" with some changes.

G & M Family Market 2, Google
G & M Family Market 2, Google

While the Dunkin Drive Thru attached to the store remained open through the changeover process, the rest of the store was getting a facelift.

But the owners want folks to know that a lot of things are going to remain the same.

According to their Facebook Page, the name is one of those things. It will still be called G&M Family Market.

"Still owned by the same family, with the same employees that you’re used to seeing. We will take these few days to replace some outdated coolers/freezers, do some deep cleaning, and let Hannaford install all their POS and software systems, and then train our employees."

Management wants patrons to know they will still be making their popular salads in-house, too.

G & M Family Market 1, Google
G & M Family Market 1, Google

Also remaining in place is the Amatos counter set up inside, which sells sandwiches and subs.

"We offer hunting and fishing supplies, we share our parking lot with a state-of-the-art auto fueling station, and we offer bulk pricing options such as freezer dealsin-store specials, and Budget Stretcher promotions, along with other fabulous money-saving opportunities!"

Check out this list of some other great general stores in Downeast Maine. 

The General Stores Of Downeast Maine

These are the long-time general stores that are spread throughout downeast Maine. The stores that your grandparents picked up milk, beer, and that night's dinner at. For years they had been filled with things like fly paper, clothes, beef jerky, and that morning's newspaper. Now, you stop by for that slice of breakfast pizza, a tasty fried chicken sandwich for lunch, gas,and a handful of lottery tickets.

They're an important part of Maine's heritage, and their numbers are starting to dwindle. But we still frequent them to pick up the day's necessities and to keep up on town gossip.

They may not be owned by the original owners, and they may not look the same as they did years and years ago. But that same hometown feeling is there, the minute you set foot on their wooden floors. More than likely the same wooden floors that your grandparents set foot on.

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