Media Contact: Lori Willis
Director of Communications
Aug. 28, 2006
ST. LOUIS - On Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m., Schnuck Markets, Inc. will welcome South City customers into a brand new, full-service supermarket. The original store on Loughborough closed at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.
The new Schnucks Loughborough Marketplace, located at 1020 Loughborough Ave. will co-anchor the new Loughborough Commons shopping center along with the city's first Lowe's home improvement warehouse.
Schnucks President and CEO Scott Schnuck, explains that the previous store, at only 53,000 square feet, was too small to offer many of the amenities found in other Schnucks stores. "We've added 10,000 square feet of goods and services which we believe will appeal to customers in South City neighborhoods," said Schnuck. "Throughout the store, shoppers will immediately notice wider aisles and enhanced lighting. We've also have installed a hot and cold food bar as well as a service meat counter."
The Honorable Francis Slay, mayor of the City of St. Louis, will be on hand for the grand opening and says the new Loughbourgh Commons is a welcomed development for South St. Louis. "Loughborough Commons is an excellent example of a successful public/private partnership. These types of partnerships are key components to the revitalization efforts currently underway throughout St. Louis," said Slay. "Having a quality grocery such as Schnucks as a co-anchor of this development enables us to provide area residents with a greatly enhanced shopping environment while drawing more customers into the City."
Ward 11 Alderman Matt Villa, who played an instrumental role in the launch of this development, also will attend the ribbon cutting. "The closing of the Nordyne plant in 2003 left a tremendous void in the neighborhood. The Loughborough project is not only filling that void, but thanks to the quality retailers assembled by The DESCO Group, it is providing a full-spectrum of services to community residents. Those added services will help to elevate the neighborhood, making it more attractive to people who want to make their homes in the City."
Loughborough Schnucks Store Manager Dan Kunz says that his team is gearing up for the opening week of sales, including the Labor Day weekend. "I'm at the new store each day overseeing all the details that will help make our Grand Opening a special day throughout the neighborhood," Kunz said. "Our long-time customers are excited about the changes in store for them, and our entire store team is geared up and anxious to welcome them and to meet new customers in the coming weeks."
Kunz added that the new store will employ approximately 75 more associates than the previous one, and the center in total will employ nearly 400 people.
According to Schnuck, the market store format at Loughborough Commons will be similar to those in Cottleville, Eureka and Bridgeton that opened last year. "The Loughborough Commons store will be the fourth in the St. Louis area in which we have used our new `marketplace' format. It has proved to be very popular with our shoppers at our other locations," Schnuck said.
As customers enter the store one of the first things they will experience is the new floral department that will be like a quick trip to a European floral market. The new "Old-World" style floral department will feature the Schnucks Signature Bouquet, which with proper care they can last seven days.
The Loughborough Marketplace store also is introducing new Chef's Express Soups in a new soup kiosk located in the prepared foods section, between the food bar and the deli. "During the Grand Opening, we will be offering a `Taste the Difference' sampling event to demonstrate our selection of new, all natural, made-from-scratch soups." Kunz said. "The new hot and cold soup display will offer up to ten different flavors of fresh soups daily. Vegans, or those on low sodium or non-dairy diets for instance, will find something they will like at this unusual bar."
In addition to the Loughborough store, Schnucks operates seven other stores in St. Louis City: 3431 Union Blvd. (63115); 4127 N. Grand Blvd. (63107); 4171 Lindell Blvd. (63108); 5055 Arsenal Blvd. (63139); 3430 S. Grand Blvd. (63118); 60 Hampton Village (63109); 7450 Hampton Ave. (63109).
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 102 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa.
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