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To celebrate openings and help local communities, grocer makes $25,000 donation to local hunger relief organizations

ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2010 – Save-A-Lot Food Stores, the nation’s leading hard discount grocery chain, has extended its commitment to providing shoppers with high quality groceries at a low price, by opening five new stores throughout North Carolina.  The stores, located in Charlotte, Kannapolis, Shelby, Fayetteville and Lexington, are now open and providing shoppers with great food and other items at a significant savings.

“As a value-minded company, Save-A-Lot is committed to offering fresh produce, dairy and USDA-inspected meat to shoppers who not only need access to these food items , but also want them at an affordable price – typically up to  40 percent less than traditional grocers,” said Bill Shaner, president and CEO. “We are looking forward to welcoming our shoppers into our stores and hope for continued growth throughout the state in the future.”

With nearly 1,200 stores throughout 39 states, Save-A-Lot Food Stores is committed to providing families easy access to quality, affordable and even healthier groceries. “Save-A-Lot operates smaller stores and we carry the most popular grocery items which positions us to better serve families who demand convenience, quality and consistently low prices,” says Bill Shaner, President and CEO.

“We are very pleased with this expansion announcement, which means jobs and investment in five communities across the state,” said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.  “We also appreciate the company’s commitment to community food banks, providing a much-needed service to our citizens.”

In honor of the openings and to demonstrate its commitment neighborhoods throughout the state, Save-A-Lot is donating $25,000 in gift cards to North Carolina hunger relief organizations.  The donation recipients include: Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina based in Charlotte, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast Carolina based in Fayetteville, Pastor’s Pantry in Lexington, Shadybrook Baptist Church Food Pantry in Kannapolis, West Point Baptist Church Food Pantry in Kannapolis and Shelby Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.

These openings mark the first corporate-owned Save-A-Lot stores in North Carolina.  Save-A-Lot licensee the Saver Group operates 11 stores throughout the state, and will host re-grand opening activities March 4th and 5th at their stores locations in Charlotte with ribbon cuttings, in store sampling and give-aways. 

Save- A-Lot’s expansion in North Carolina is part of the company’s overall growth initiative, which includes a plan to double the number of U.S. stores over the next five years, bringing stores to neighborhoods most in need of grocery stores.

About Save-A-Lot Food Stores

Save-A-Lot is one of the nation's leading hard discount, carefully selected assortment grocery chains, operating nearly 1,200 stores in 39 states from Maine to California. Serving more than 5 million shoppers each week, Save-A-Lot offers a savings of up to 40 percent on groceries when compared to conventional stores. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus fresh meat and farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy, along with the most popular grocery and household items. Save-A-Lot helps its customers live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a smart, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people every day. For more information on Save-A-Lot or to locate a store, please visit