Contact: Lori Willis
Nov. 15, 2006
Schnucks To Celebrate 30 Years of Service To Cape Girardeau Community
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - On Friday, Nov. 17, at NOON, customers
and associates at the Cape Girardeau Schnucks,
located at 19 S. Kingshighway,
will join local dignitaries in celebration of the store's three decades of
service to Southeast Missouri.
Over the years, grocery stores have
come and gone, but through their patronage and support, Cape Girardeau grocery customers have allowed
Schnucks to remain a constant in the community.
In celebration of this achievement, Store Manager Denny Marchi, Schnucks Executive Committee Chairman Craig Schnuck and Cape Girardeau
Mayor Jay Knudtson
will take part in a special rededication ribbon cutting.
Girardeau Schnucks was the first combination food and drug store for family-owned,
St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Craig Schnuck was present at the grand opening of the original Schnucks-Walgreens
store on Nov. 16, 1976. Only five years later in 1981, Schnucks would
purchase Walgreens' interest in the partnership.
Schnuck said, "Thirty years ago, the
Cape community helped us to launch a new store
and to pilot a new concept. Because of
the conveniences they offered and the growing number of customers interested in
eating healthy and maintaining healthy lifestyles, we knew combination food and
drug stores represented the future of food retailing."
Schnuck added, "We are grateful to our
Cape customers for their support over the
years. Customer loyalty and the consistently
high levels of service and community support provided by Schnucks associates are
the keys to Schnucks' longevity and success in this market."
customer is valued here at Schnucks, and our associates work hard everyday to
thank them for their patronage. However,
on this special day, we want to invite everyone to stop by the store and
celebrate with us," Marchi said. "There
will be product sampling throughout the store and of course there will be
joined the store in 1985 and has immersed himself in the community. His current affiliations include the United
Way, Salvation Army, St. Francis Medical Center, Cape
Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Missouri
State University. He also serves on the board for Montgomery
Bank. In 1990, Marchi was presented with
the Edward J. Schnuck Award for community
service, one the company's highest honors, and in 2001, Marchi received the
Food Marketing Institute's national Store
Manager of the Year.
Founded in St.
Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 101 stores
(including five Logli stores) and 98 pharmacies in Missouri,
Mississippi and Iowa.
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Editor's note: If you are interested in pictures from the
grand opening in 1976, please contact Lori Willis at 314-994-4602 or Paul Simon