Community welcomes first new grocery store in 40 years
ST. LOUIS, August 5, 2010 – Save-A-Lot, a SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) company, one of the nation’s leading hard discount carefully selected assortment grocery chains, has extended its commitment to a local neighborhood in need of access to fresh produce, dairy and meats with the opening of the first new grocery retailer in the Pagedale community in 40 years. The store is a result of a partnership with Beyond Housing, one of the St. Louis region’s leading providers of housing and support services for low-income families and homeowners.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of this new Save-A-Lot Food Store, which will serve thousands of families including hundreds in the Pagedale community,” says Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of Beyond Housing. “The opening of this store is another step toward our goal of providing families with access to necessities, such as groceries and bringing new jobs to the community.”
According to Pagedale Mayor Mary Carter, the opening of a grocery retailer in the community has been the number one request of the citizens in the area for many years. Now, residents in the area have easy access to better food and grocery shopping in their own neighborhood whereas before they had to travel to other communities to meet their needs.
“As a value-minded company, Save-A-Lot is committed to offering fresh produce, dairy and meat to shoppers who not only need access to these food items, but also want them at an affordable price – up to 40 percent less than traditional grocers,” said Bill Shaner, president and CEO. “We look forward to welcoming our shoppers into our Pagedale store.”
In honor of the store opening Save-A-Lot is making a donation of $5,000 to the St. Louis Area Food Bank, which services many pantries and hunger relief organizations throughout the area including Beyond Housing’s Pagedale Family Support Center’s food pantry.
This store opening 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, a SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) company, 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 five 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 www.save-a-lot.com.
The mission of Beyond Housing is to strengthen neighborhoods, one family at a time by providing affordable housing and homeownership services; providing support services to families, children and seniors; serving as a catalyst for community-wide rebuilding efforts; empowering residents to be leaders of their own neighborhood revitalization efforts; and promoting individual and community asset building. For more information please visit www.beyondhousing.org.