Schnuck Markets, Inc
Air Tests Clean in Open Areas of Sangamon Schnucks Store
Illinois Department of Public Health Approves Plans to Move Forward
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Clean-up work began at the Sangamon Schnucks store over the weekend following the results of air tests in the open areas of the store which officials of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirm are clear of asbestos.
IDPH spokesperson Melaney Arnold said, “Air samples taken in sections of the stores that were not under renovation are negative for asbestos, and those sections, including the food in them, are considered safe. Areas in the store that were under renovation are securely contained and will not be open to the public until the clean-up and renovation are complete and air sampling results show those areas are safe. Schnucks’ ongoing cooperation with the Illinois Department of Public Health is allowing clean-up to proceed rapidly.”
Although the store remains closed to the public, Schnucks teams were able to enter over the weekend and begin the clean-up in the open areas which include about 82% of the 63,000 square foot store. Schnucks Division Manager Jim Byrne said, “After authorization from the IDPH, our food safety team directed a group of Sangamon teammates and contracted workers in the effort to clear out perishables, clean and sanitize cases and dust shelving. We also started an inventory of product. As confirmed by the air tests, the non-perishable food outside the space being renovated is perfectly safe so we’ll be able to retain and sell that product.”
Byrne says Sangamon teammates are glad to be back at their store for the first time in nearly two weeks. “Each day, we are taking about half of our store team back in to clean. The rest of the team remains on rotation at Montvale. Thanks to the strong community support we’ve received there has been enough work for everyone,” he said.
Byrne says there are still no estimates on when the store will reopen. “There are still several steps we must complete before we are able to reopen the store, but we have committed all available resources to ensuring that we can return the store to our Sangamon area customers as soon as possible,” said Byrne.
Schnucks Temporary Pharmacy Stocked and Ready to Serve Sangamon Customers
New Pharmacy Opened on Sangamon Parking Lot
While the clean-up and abatement are ongoing, Schnucks Pharmacy has obtained a pharmacy license and necessary permits and are now filling prescriptions from a temporary pharmacy trailer parked on the Sangamon store parking lot.
According to Schnucks Vice President of Pharmacy Mike Juergensmeyer, the 10 by 30-foot trailer is stocked with a full range of medications and in quantities that will serve Sangamon area customers. Since the store was closed on July 28, prescriptions for Sangamon Pharmacy customers have been filled and dispensed or delivered free of charge from the Montvale Schnucks location. However, company leaders wanted to do more to minimize the inconvenience to Sangamon Avenue Schnucks customers.
“We know how important convenience is for our pharmacy customers, “said Juergensmeyer. “This secured, temporary pharmacy will allow them to pick up their prescriptions – at the same location they have come to for years, or if they prefer, we will continue to provide free delivery. Physicians will call in prescriptions as usual and our pharmacist on duty will deliver the same high levels of service customers expect from Schnucks Pharmacy.”
Juergensmeyer says state and county health department officials have approved the placement of the temporary pharmacy and that the unit will be guarded around the clock. Members of Schnucks Asset Protection team are working directly with local law enforcement officials and have contracted security companies to ensure a safe and secure shopping environment. The temporary pharmacy will be open between the hours of:
Monday through Friday – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Customers who want to fill a prescription may do so by leaving a message with the automated customer line at 217-744-2523 – the same as before. Physicians and patients, who wish to speak directly to the pharmacist on duty, should call 217-528-9434, a new dedicated line.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 105 stores (including five Logli stores) and 101 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.
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