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June 16, 2004
Customers Gathered to be First in Line at New Lake Saint Louis Schnucks Store
Schnuck Family Welcomed Lake Saint Louis residents to their 100th store
ST. LOUIS - At approximately 9:07 a.m. on June 15, local dentist Gregory A. Leurding and his children Cord (12), Sydney (8) and Molly (7) became the first customers of the new Lake Saint Louis store at 101 Civic Center Drive. As first to go through the check out line, the family took home a free bag of groceries and a bouquet of roses from Schnucks Floral Department, the "Rose Experts."
The Leurdings have resided in Lake Saint Louis for 18 years. "We live right behind the store, and they've been talking about this for weeks," said Leurding. Reflecting on the convenience and choices found at Schnucks, Leurding said his favorite part of the store is the seafood. "I am still thinking about that salmon," he said.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig Schnuck, introduced Store Manager Bob Pace to the crowd of customers gathered for the Grand Opening. "Bob has done a great job of getting this store ready. He's an experienced store manager who has a high regard for customer service and really enjoys being part of the store community," Schnuck said. "We all are pleased to offer Lake Saint Louis customers this brand new, full-service Schnucks store that will offer the quality and value they expect from us." Senator Jon Dolan and Representative Scott Rupp joined Craig and Scott Schnuck, Mayor Michael Potter and the store team to cut the ribbon on the company's 100th store.
The 63,000-square-foot food and drug store will anchor the new Shoppes at Lake Saint Louis community shopping center. In addition to the seafood that caught Leurding's eye, the store will include a full-service florist, in-store pharmacy, bakery (specializing in custom cake decorating) and a liquor and wine department. There will be a cold beverage bar, a deli with a separate cash register and seating section, a sushi case and a hot and cold food and salad bar.
During his remarks, Mayor Potter took the opportunity to honor long-time building inspector Wayne Daugherty for his dedication to bringing top-quality businesses like Schnucks to the Lake Saint Louis area. He ended his speech with the words, "Let's get this store open so that we can start bringing money into our city!"
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 100 stores (including five Logli stores) and 93 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. The family-owned company is ranked 80th in the Forbes magazine listing of the nation's "Largest Private Companies."
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