November 4, 1997
Schnucks now operates 87 supermarkets, including 73 stores in the metro area. The University City Square store is Schnucks' eighth new store to open in 14 months, a new store opening pace unmatched in the company's 58-year history excluding acquisitions.
"The opening of the Schnucks store in University City exemplifies the vitality and progressiveness of our city," said University City Mayor Joseph L. Adams.
Dave Beckerle, formerly manager at the Schnucks in Urbana, Ill., is manager of the University City store. About 200 full- and part-time associates have been hired to serve Schnucks customers.
The 80,000-square-foot Schnucks University City Square development is on the 11.65-acre site occupied by Mercy High School until 1985. Schnucks is the anchor tenant for the $13 million redevelopment which includes 18,000 square feet of retail space and two one-acre outlot parcels. The site is bounded by Olive Boulevard on the north, Pennsylvania on the west, Ferguson on the east and Vernon on the south. Schnucks' University City store makes full-service shopping more convenient for area residents.
"We want to be `the neighborhood grocery store' for area residents and to contribute to the revitalization of University City along Olive Boulevard. We are committed to being a partner with the community and are pleased to restore life and vitality to this site that has been vacant for so many years," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Schnucks' arrival generated an overwhelming response. More than 1,000 applications for employment were received. A majority of the store's employees are from the community. "We are very proud to be serving the community as a new employer," Schnuck said.
The planning of the development has been a community-wide effort. Early in the process, Schnucks held meetings with area residents to plan entrances and exits aimed at regulating traffic flow through surrounding neighborhoods. Also considered were fencing and landscaping options that would be compatible with the neighborhood.
Schnucks is coordinating with Older Adult Transportation Services (OATS) to include the store on its routes. Schnucks will provide benches for the convenience of residents using OATS and other transportation services.
Certified Black Angus Beef will be available in the service meat department. Customers will find a full selection of President's Choice premium line of products as well as the full range of Schnucks' private label products and Nancy Anne Bakery items, including fresh bagels and the Healthy Living line of low- or no-fat cakes, brownies and muffins. An extensive line of wines, beers and liquor will be featured in the liquor department.
Other store features include self-service meat, service seafood and deli departments, a pharmacy, floral department, bulk foods department, a video department, a health and beauty care department and a general merchandise department. The pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Schnucks now operates 59 pharmacies in metro St. Louis and a total of 75 pharmacies in three states.
A NationsBank branch office will open inside the University City Schnucks.
Holland-Hinrichs Construction, Inc. was general contractor on the project. Kennedy Associates, Inc., served as architect and Kuhlmann Design Group was civil engineer.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 87 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, including 73 stores in metropolitan St. Louis. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.