December 1, 1998
The Schnucks Supercenter at City Plaza Shopping Center anchors the 10-acre, 80,000- square-foot retail center. The center includes an additional 18,000 square feet of retail space. The center is 98.5 percent leased. It is the first new full-scale retail center built in North St. Louis since World War II.
The store will employ about 235 full-time and part-time associates. About 195 staff members are newly hired from the community and 45 transferred from existing Schnucks stores.
"We are pleased to cast our vote of confidence in the City of St. Louis with this major investment. Our new store is bringing sorely-needed shopping convenience, services and jobs to a neighborhood that has been underserved," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer. "At Schnucks City Plaza our goal is to offer our customers the best selection and highest quality foods at an exceptional value."
City officials expect City Plaza to boost the area's economic vitality and attract more residential and commercial development. "Development of this shopping center is a huge success for the entire city," said Mayor Clarence Harmon. "City Plaza will provide modern community shopping and a large number of job opportunities for city residents, especially those living in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. As the tax base of this area increases, more residents and businesses will want to move in. All of St. Louis will benefit from this development."
A full-service 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 78 pharmacies in three states. With 58 pharmacies in metropolitan St. Louis, Schnucks is the second largest retail pharmacy operator in St. Louis.
Convenient take-home meal services will save time for busy City Plaza customers. The Schnucks Supercenter offers a complete food bar/salad bar, hot food and Oriental carryout. Among the hot food carryout items are such traditional American favorites as fried chicken, toasted ravioli and hot wings. A "Meals in Minutes" section features ready-to-heat-and-serve meals in individual serving sizes.
A complete in-store bakery offers custom cake decorating and Nancy Anne Bakery items, Schnucks' fresh bagels and the Healthy Living line of low- or no-fat cakes, brownies and muffins. The bakery also carries baked goods produced by local baker, Hooper's Better Bakery, such as sweet potato pie, squash ring cake and bean pie.
An extensive line of wines, beers and liquor will be featured in the liquor department.
The store also will feature a service seafood department offering fresh and frozen seafood plus ready-to-eat fried seafood.
A full line of fresh produce will be displayed in a European market atmosphere with attractive wooden tables and market carts.
Video department customers will be able to select from more than 5,000 movies and video games, such as SEGA and Super Nintendo. St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets will be available in the video department when individual tickets go on sale Dec. 12.
The floral department features ready-to-go fresh flower arrangements and trained floral designers for custom creations. Customers can order flowers to be shipped anywhere in the country via the in-store wire service.
Other department features include self-service meat and certified Angus beef, a full-service deli, bulk foods, a health and beauty department and a general merchandise department.
Customers will be able to handle their banking transactions at Gateway National Bank's in-store branch. Customers can open accounts, apply for loans, make deposits and cash checks. Store Offers Products from Minority Vendors
Schnucks City Plaza features several products produced by locally-owned minority vendors including Andy's fish and chicken seasonings; Clark Enterprises chow-chow relish; Corbin's Classic marinades and seasonings; Goldman Burns All Purpose Gourmet Sauce; Hooper's Better Bakery pies and cakes; Taylor's Sausage Co. breakfast sausage; and Unlimited Water purified drinking water.
The store also features products from other minority vendors such as beans from Grandma Maude's; breakfast sausage from Parker House Sausage Co.; chicken wing sauce by Best Chef Inc.; chitterlings by Parks Sausage Co.; pancake syrup by Michele's Foods; spices and seasonings by Wiley's Healthy Southern Classics; vegetables from Glory Foods and Sylvia Woods Enterprises; and Vib's Caribbean Heat hot sauce by The Mill Creek Co.
Market response from retailers has been strong. Only 1,200 square feet of the 80,000- square-foot center remain available for lease. Retailers include Ashley Stewart, Imo's Pizza, National Rent to Own, Nu Fashion Beauty, Quizno's Classic Subs and Simply Fashions.
The center also features a 24-hour police substation inside the Schnucks store. City of St. Louis Police Department officers from the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Districts will use the substation to make telephone calls, write and file reports, and perform other administrative duties. The center provides reserved parking spaces for police officers directly across from the substation.
"We're very pleased with what we've been able to accomplish in generating and supporting strong minority participation and business development through our center's design and construction," said Schnuck.
To recruit minority- and female-owned contractors for the project, Schnucks held a pre-bid job conference in July 1997. Businesses owned and staffed by African-Americans, other ethnic minorities, women, and others qualifying as disadvantaged were invited. Presentations were made by Schnucks and the architect, Kennedy Associates, Inc., also a minority-owned firm. Schnucks sought to aggressively exceed the City of St. Louis goal of hiring 25 percent minority-owned businesses and five percent women-owned businesses.
Schnucks chose general contractor Wellington/CPM, Inc. to lead the project. The firm has played a major role in the project's success and continued high minority participation. Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 90 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.