ST. LOUIS -- June 3, 2004 -- Save-A-Lot, the nation's largest and fastest growing limited assortment, extreme value grocery store chain, has earned the 2004 Community Recognition Award by the Cleveland Municipal School District. The distinctive award recognizes local business for commitment to the school district's Adult Basic and Literacy Education and General Education Development (GED) programs. Save-A-Lot has been honored as a leader in proactively providing employment opportunities to students enrolled in the city's adult education classes.
"The program is designed as a stepping stone for students," said John Hayes, Operations Manager for Save-A-Lot's Cleveland division. "We're pleased to work hand-in-hand with the school district and assist those dedicated individuals who make the extraordinary effort to complete their education and transition full-time into the workforce."
The Adult Basic and Literacy Education and General Education Development (GED) program provides local adults with educational opportunities and support services. Individuals enrolled in the program learn skills that allow them to enter post secondary education, gain career and technical education training, learn job and career advancement skills, and establish a better quality of life for themselves and their families.
Save-A-Lot made a true commitment to the program more than a year ago and has since hired approximately 40 students to work in full-time and part-time positions in our Cleveland stores. "The program is a win-win," Hayes said. "First, the students are able to enter back into the job market. Second, many see opportunities at Save-A-Lot and we succeed in hiring quality employees to work in our stores."
Bobby J. McDowell, manager of the adult and continuing education programs, said Save-A-Lot was chosen for its continued support. "Several community organizations and employers were noted, but Save-A-Lot was overwhelmingly selected to receive this award because of its commitment to education and genuine interest in improving the lives of Cleveland adults," he said.
Save-A-Lot will be presented the award at a special ceremony today at 7:30 p.m. at the Amasa Stone Chapel located on the Campus of Case Western Reserve University at 10900 Euclid Avenue.
Save-A-Lot is the nation's leading extreme value grocery retailer, operating more than 1,150 limited assortment food stores and 125-plus Deal$ – Nothing Over A Dollar general merchandise locations.
Save-A-Lot has achieved its growth and success by developing a different way of retailing – offering a limited assortment of custom and national brand products at savings up to 40 percent compared to conventional grocery stores.
Save-A-Lot is a subsidiary of SUPERVALU, the nation's 11th largest food retailer and the nation's leading food distributor. SUPERVALU is a Fortune 100 company and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SVU. ###