Schnuck Markets, Inc
City of Springfield
Schnucks Announces Two New Locations in Springfield, Ill.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Leaders of St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. today announced plans to invest in two additional combination fresh food and drug stores in the Springfield area. The company has initiated the governmental approval process, and if passed, both projects are sure to bolster the Springfield economy with additional jobs and tax revenue.
The family-owned grocery company currently operates Schnucks Sangamon at 1911 Sangamon Avenue East (62702) and Schnucks Montvale at 2801 Chatham Road (62704). According to Schnucks Chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, the new stores, one on the northeast corner of West Washington Street and North Bruns Lane and the other at the northwest corner of Dirksen Parkway and Singer Avenue, will significantly enhance the company’s ability to serve more Springfield area residents.
“Schnucks has been a strong Springfield community partner since acquiring two stores from National Super Markets in 1995,” said Schnuck. “Over the past 17 years, our customers have responded very well to our business model which includes providing quality products, value and service in a way that few others can. If approved, we will have a total of four locations and be able to offer our customers the added service of convenience.”
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston said, “The addition of Schnucks substantial investment of two new stores in Springfield is further testimony to the expanding retail drawing power of Springfield. We are thrilled by the locations Schnucks has chosen and appreciate the exciting opportunity these stores provide for their customers and Springfield’s growth.”
Schnucks Vice President of Real Estate Dave Fontana says the two new stores are two separate agreements completed within the same timeframe. “Local real estate developer Joe Hurwitz of Hurwitz Enterprises has been assisting with the potential purchase to buy approximately 20 acres of undeveloped ground from the Springfield Catholic Diocese,” Fontana said. “The store planned for West Washington will anchor a shopping center that will include additional retail space for lease.”
Alderman Steve Dove added, “The Bruns Lane and Washington location will complement the neighborhood’s retail sector and the recent improvements at Sacred Heart Griffin High School and SPARC. We expect more commercial growth in the area.”
Alderman Doris Turner said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for East Springfield and it adds more choices to our growing retail base and provides expanded employment opportunities for area residents. It’s a perfect fit for the newly remodeled jcpenney store and makes sensible use of available commercial space and what we hoped for as part of the East Springfield Commercial Plan. We’re very excited about Schnucks, jcpenney and the new Pepsi Cola distribution facility.”
Schnuck says the new supermarkets will each be at least 63,000 square feet and will include the newest food and culinary innovations as well as goods and services specifically requested by Springfield-area customers. “Some of these new services were included in our recent Sangamon and Montvale store remodels,” Schnuck said. “While our engineering team has done a great job of modernizing and reconfiguring space in the older facilities, the new construction gives them the opportunity to deliver a spectacular customer experience through the incorporation of more efficiencies, sustainability initiatives and even drama to our floor plans.”
Springfield Director of Planning and Economic Development Mike Farmer added, “These are very strategic locations that have been long sought after for development. The City appreciates Schnucks’ dedication and commitment in selecting these two sites and looks forward to assisting in this important multi-store project.”
Schnucks real estate partner, The DESCO Group, will be developing both shopping centers.
In 1995, Schnucks acquired two area stores from National Super Markets – one on West Jefferson Street and the other on MacArthur Blvd. Shortly thereafter Schnucks started to build the Montvale Commons store. On Aug. 27, 1996, the Montvale Commons store opened and replaced the MacArthur Blvd. store. That same day, Schnucks opened the Sangamon Center store – a building that was expanded and remodeled from a former department store. The West Jefferson store closed in 2001.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, family-owned and operated Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 100 stores (including five Logli and seven Hilander supermarkets) and 95 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Schnucks.
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