August 12, 1997
Area residents also played a role in the store's construction. Thirteen southern Illinois firms employing local building craftspersons built the new supercenter.
"We've received a very warm welcome from the Carbondale community -- from city officials and local residents to local employment agencies, high schools and the university. We are opening our store with associates who express the friendliness that's always been part of our success in meeting the needs of our customers," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnucks. "We hope to return the warm welcome we've been given by being the kind of supermarket where our customers can find everything they need, when they need it at a good price. With our new store being built and staffed by Carbondale residents, our customers are gaining a store they can be proud to call their own."
According to Schnuck, Carbondale's inclusion of the site in its Enterprise Zone helped make the redevelopment project possible. "Carbondale Mayor Neil Dillard, City Manager Jeff Doherty, Director of Development Services Tom Redmond, and their staffs, were very helpful throughout our planning and development," Schnuck credited. "The Illinois Department of Transportation's willingness to swap land along Oakland for property along Walnut enabled us to place our new Schnucks on this site and allowed some needed road improvements on Oakland."
Other store features include full-service meat, seafood and deli departments, floral with wire service, bulk foods, video, health and beauty care and general merchandise departments. An in-store bank branch will be opened by First National Bank and Trust Co. in the fall. Cellular phones and pagers will be offered as well. "The exceptional quality of our perishable departments and the broad product variety throughout our store will surprise a lot of people," said Tom Eakins, Carbondale store manager. "We think our customers will be delighted particularly by the variety, value and quality in our fresh produce, deli, meat, seafood and dairy departments as well as our various specialty departments."
A professional pharmacy also enhances customer convenience. The store's pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is among the 78 pharmacies operated by Schnucks in four states. Schnucks honors most major insurance programs, including Health Alliance, Group Health Plan and PCS.
Including its new Carbondale location, Schnucks operates 94 stores in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana, including 73 stores in metro St. Louis. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.