Hall's Market celebrates 80th year on Park Lane
(originally published on westhartfordnews.com.)
WEST HARTFORD >> Hall’s celebrates its 80th anniversary this month. As the store and its family look back on the business’ history, the owners sent a reflective essay with memories of the store’s past, present and future.
Eighty years ago when Franklin E. Hall first opened the doors of F.E. Hall’s Grocery on Park Road West Hartford looked a markedly different than it does today. The population of West Hartford was about 25,000, the trolley still ran on Park Road and there were several independent grocery stores in the town. Since then West Hartford has grown to its current population of almost 64,000 residents, the trolley tracks are gone, most of the independents have closed, several large food chain stores have come and gone yet Hall’s is still going strong.
In 1967 Mr. Hall, “Bud,” sold the business to Raymond F. Booth who changed the name to Hall’s Market in the 1970’s. In 1982 Ray’s son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Betsey purchased the market. In 2006 the third generation of Booth’s took over the reins when two of their children, Jennifer Booth Hettrick and David Booth bought the business.
Though time has changed West Hartford Hall’s has remained a landmark, a local business with incredibly loyal customers. When asked what makes Hall’s stand out, Jennifer stated that, “It is very simple: we love what we do! We love West Hartford and the Park Road neighborhood. We aspire to provide our customers with top quality meats, locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, groceries, dairy, and a top notch deli. Our faithful customers understand our passion for food of incomparable quality and value and we enjoy sharing that with new customers. We understand that food is the center of many family and corporate events and know that when you entrust your catering to us we have a very important responsibility. Our passion is our job, we strive to earn our customers trust each and every day and we do everything possible to make their visit a pleasurable one.”
Hall’s continues to be best known for their old fashioned custom cut meat counter with experienced, helpful meat cutters where one can call in an order and have it ready when they arrive, and orders are taken weeks ahead for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s meats. The award-winning full-service deli is known for getting the long lines of lunchtime customers on their way with custom made sandwiches.
Hall’s also features seafood from Boston, deli salads made in their own kitchen, a gourmet cheese section, store baked goodies including muffins made with native, seasonal fruits, delicious breads and rolls, cupcakes, pies and cakes, store made soups and a variety of garden salads. The large array of prepared foods includes low-sodium and gluten free choices all of which are prepared next door in the recently opened Hall’s Kitchen. Hall’s garden fresh produce comes directly from a who’s who of local suppliers.
Jennifer and David are especially proud of the catering division which has experience unbridled growth the past five years, leading to the opening of Hall’s Kitchen next door to Hall’s Market. Jennifer, whose background is in Dietetics, can create the perfect menu for your special event whether you’re hosting a family holiday or special occasion, having a business meeting, a casual BBQ, or a formal dinner party. The catering menu, which is online and at the store, includes a variety of appealing appetizers, fresh salads, filling entrees and sandwiches, side dishes and delicious desserts. Jennifer is happy to work with you to customize the menu for you. Suggestions for new items are welcomed. Home delivery of both groceries and catering is available at a nominal charge.
Hall’s Market is located at 331 Park Road, West Hartford.
Store hours are:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m,