Dollar-Cutting Ceremony will celebrate opening with $5,000 donation to United Way of Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission and a “Race for Savings” featuring city officials
ST. LOUIS, November 10, 2010 – Save-A-Lot, one of the nation's leading hard discount, limited assortment grocery chains and a division of SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU), has extended its commitment to bringing fresh produce, dairy and meat to neighborhoods in need of a full grocery store with the opening of its new store in New Bedford.
“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 look forward to welcoming shoppers into our New Bedford store.”
In honor of the new stores and to demonstrate the company’s commitment to as a community partner in New Bedford, Save-A-Lot is donating $5,000 in gift cards to the United Way of Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission, which provides food to families throughout Bristol County.
“We are honored to receive this donation of $5,000 this year from Save-A-Lot,” said Michelle Neves Hantman, president of United Way of Greater New Bedford. “With this donation, Save-A-Lot is helping us leverage 10,000 meals for local families in need. They also serve as a great resource to families looking for fresh, quality food without breaking their budget.”
“New Bedford welcomes the opening of another Save-A-Lot grocery store in our city,” said Mayor Scott Lang. “This new Save-A-Lot will bring great benefits, like job creation, quality food and competitive prices, to the residents of New Bedford and our region.”
To celebrate the new store opening, Save-A-Lot is hosting a Dollar-Cutting Ceremony at the store, located at 1331 Cove Road, which will feature a proclamation from Mayor Lang the presentation of the donation to the United Way of Greater New Bedford and a “Race for Savings,” during which Mayor Lang, Councilor Joe Lopes and the United Way’s Michelle Hantman will be paired with children from the local community to cut through the high cost of groceries and compete to get all of the items on their grocery list the fastest. The public is invited to attend and enjoy refreshments and giveaways. The Dollar-Cutting Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 10.
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.
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.
About the United Way of Greater New Bedford
United Way of Greater New Bedford is a non-profit organization that was established in 1953. United Way enables every member of the community to play an active role in local philanthropy by bringing together volunteers, donors, community leaders, and corporate partners to provide quality programs and initiatives that achieve positive results. Its service area has a population in excess of 200,000.