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Save-A-Lot food stores, the nation’s leading value-oriented grocery chain has just opened its first store in Cottage Grove. The store is located at 200 Gateway Blvd. in Cottage Grove. An official “dollar-cutting” ceremony will kick-off the grand opening celebration at the store on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Mayor Gary Williams will participate in a “break-through” shopping cart event alongside Jim Gilroy, the newly elected executive director of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce and Barbara Butzer, executive director of Community Sharing. The three will compete in a timed race through the store to grab groceries to benefit Community Sharing and local families in need. “Save-A-Lot is dedicated to supporting the communities of Cottage Grove with the opening of new food stores in neighborhoods where they are needed most, often in communities ignored or abandoned by conventional grocery chains,” said Tom Germann, Senior Director of Development for Save-A-Lot. “This new Save-A-Lot fulfills an important need with a store that provides budget-conscious, value-seeking shoppers with great food at great prices.” There are six Save-A-Lot food stores in Oregon including locations in Portland, Albany, Springfield and Milwaukie. The new store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Local shoppers can expect to find excellent quality food and save 20-40 percent on grocery bills. Feeding Bodies and Investing in Communities As part of its dedication to being a neighborhood grocery store and backing community organizations, activities and events, Save-A-Lot will make a 5,000 pound food donation to Community Sharing to assist in its efforts to feed families during this recession. “We are very thankful for this much needed donation,” said Butzer. “With so many families struggling to make ends meet during these tough economic times, commitments like this from dedicated partners such as Save-a-Lot will help provide 4,000 healthy meals to families in need.” Save-A-Lot also shares community commitment to the environment with efficient operations, reduction of excess and productive use of resources. This includes operating 15 strategically located distribution centers which reduces fuel and energy costs. In addition, Save-A-Lot recycles paper, plastic, cardboard boxes and aluminum and supports a green culture with its associates in its offices, stores and distribution centers. Save-A-Lot is also committed to the procurement of local produce. For the Oregon stores, whenever possible, the produce comes from farmers throughout the state to reduce the impact of shipping product across the country and to support local farmers. About Save-A-Lot Food Stores Save-A-Lot is one of the nation's leading value-oriented 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 20 to 40 percent less on groceries when compared to conventional stores. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus USDA-inspected meat and farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products, along with a full line of baby products and 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 Community Sharing Program Community Sharing was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency in 1984. Its purpose is to help residents of South Lane County remain fed, housed, and safe while they work towards self-sufficiency. For more information contact: Brian Gaffney, (314) 650-9260 Maureen Blazevic, (314) 277-9965