Schnuck Markets, Inc
Columbia, Mo. Schnucks Prepares for Grand Reopening
Fully-remodeled store boasts many new amenities and earth-friendly features
COLUMBIA, Mo. – After months of anticipation, customers and store teammates are excited about the results of the remodel of the Columbia Schnucks store at 1400 Forum Blvd. and looking forward to a grand reopening ribbon cutting on Friday, July 2 at 9 a.m.
Store Manager Bill Chrisco, a 46-year Schnucks veteran, is excited to unveil the “new” store to the community. “This wall-to-wall remodel has enabled us to create a brand new store. Our customers will be amazed at how many new offerings and services we’ve added,” Chrisco said. “For instance, Schnucks is known for selection of quality fresh foods, and now, our newly expanded produce department will feature an even greater variety of locally grown and organic produce.”
In addition to the full-bodied aromas of gourmet coffees, the interior and exterior seating in the new Kaldi’s Coffee café is also drawing customers who are looking for a little quiet time. A certified organic and kosher operator, Kaldi’s roasts and blends more than 40 coffees and espressos and specializes in organic and Fair Trade coffees and uses traditional small-batch roasting techniques.
Chrisco says customers are really excited about the new sandwich express shop and pizza shop in the prepared foods and deli departments. “It’s hard to resist our made-to-order pizzas, particularly the breakfast pizza, which includes all your favorite breakfast ingredients topped with cheese and served on a homemade pizza crust,” he said. Other new services include a seafood soup and shrimp bar, a chicken wing bar and an expanded olive bar, all offering a variety of flavors.
According to Chrisco, the remodel enabled the team to include products from across the globe. “Our new walk-in ‘cave’ beer cooler has more than 500 different types of domestic and imported options including a growing number of craft beers while our wine section has nearly doubled in size and selection. Not to be outdone, the cheese island includes nearly 250 domestic and international varieties allowing for a perfect wine pairing every time. This will help us keep pace with our customers’ growing interest in wine and cheese,” Chrisco said.
According to Schnucks Project Manager John Moennig, the remodel has provided the opportunity to add a number of “green” improvements. “We’ve been able to work many sustainability concepts into this dramatic new design including LED lighting throughout the store,” Moennig said.
He added, “We’ve installed an energy management system that continuously conserves energy and controls refrigeration, heating, cooling and lighting to keep the store comfortable for customers. High-efficiency refrigeration cases now reduce the total building energy use while cutting carbon emissions.” Moennig says the store now features attractive interior wall and floor finishes made of recycled content or rapidly renewable products.
St. Louis-based Duggan Contracting Corporation served as general contractor for the remodel, but Schnucks Director of Facilities Engineering and Columbia native Ross Hutsel says that nearly $1 million in contracts were awarded to central Missouri subcontractors that included Central Missouri Glass, Dean Hathman Masonry, Flooring Systems, Imhoff Construction, McAfee Construction, Ozark Fire Protection, Schneider Electric, W&L Steel Erectors and Watkins Roofing.
Preparations for the ribbon-cutting are underway and Chrisco and his team will be ready. He said, “We are planning to offer heavy food sampling in addition to cooking demonstrations offered by cooking coaches at our new Schnucks Cooks cooking station. Schnucks Cooks offers customers the supplies, ingredients and inspiration to recreate hundreds of signature recipes.”
Schnucks first entered the Columbia market in 1970. The current 67,000-square-foot store opened in 1993 and replaced the previous store. The store is located in the Forum Shopping Center which is owned and managed by the Forum Development Group of Columbia.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 104 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.
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