Originally created 06/30/00

Grocer unveils new locations



Save-A-Lot Food Stores announced Thursday the locations of the three stores it plans to open this summer in the Augusta area.

The St. Louis-based discount chain said its stores will be at 213 Edgefield Road in North Augusta, and at 3136 Wrightsboro Road and 2728 Peach Orchard Road in Augusta.

The stores will be owned and operated by a local licensee whom the company declined to name. About 75 percent of the 850 stores in the company's network are independently operated.

Save-A-Lot is known in the food industry as a "limited assortment" grocer, meaning it stocks only one variety of each product type. Purchasing a limited number of products in large volume allows the store to sell at deep discounts.

The Edgefield Road store, which occupies a 16,800 square-foot building, formerly a Revco drug store, is expected to open July 19.

The 15,000-square-foot Peach Orchard Road store, formerly occupied by a CVS pharmacy, is expected to open Aug. 2. The 16,700-square-foot Wrightsboro Road store, located in the Winn Dixie Plaza, is scheduled to open Aug. 23.

The Augusta stores will join 15 other Save-A-Lot locations throughout Georgia, which is a new market for the company whose stores are mostly concentrated in the Midwest.

The stores have meat and produce sections but do not have pharmacies, delis or large health-and-beauty aisles.

Save-A-Lot is owned by Minnesota-based SUPERVALU Inc., a publicly traded $20 billion grocery wholesaler and retailer that operates 5,100 grocery stores in 48 states under the Cub Foods, Shop 'n Save and Biggs brands.

The stores usually employ 25 people each and are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets was the last new grocery store chain to enter the Augusta-Aiken market, adding five stores since 1994.

Reach Damon Cline at (706) 823-3486.