Schnuck Markets, Inc
Culinaria, A Schnucks Market Opens to Downtown St. Louis Customers
ST. LOUIS – Downtown St. Louis residents, commuters and tourists now have a new full-service grocery store and pharmacy at the corner of 9th and Olive Streets. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Schnucks Chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck was joined by several local and state officials and a crowd of more than 300 customers who gathered to cut the ribbon and officially open Culinaria – A Schnucks Market.
As he watched customers excitedly moving aisle-to-aisle, Schnuck observed, “It’s taken us more than three years to get here. It’s gratifying to finally be able to see our customers’ reaction to Culinaria, the first full-service downtown store we have been able to build from the ground up.”
“Everything from the building design to the goods and services offered was decided with input from customers and associates, but it’s still a work in progress. We knew from the moment we cut the ribbon, the store would continue to evolve as we work to meet the needs of all types of shoppers,” said Schnuck.
Schnuck was joined by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, chairman of the Missouri Development Finance Board, St. Louis Executive Director for Development Barbara Geisman, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, President of the St. Louis Board of Alderman Lewis Reed and Seventh Ward Alderwoman Phyllis Young. All represented agencies that helped to make the store a reality for customers throughout the downtown area.
Todd Weaver, president of Legacy Building Group and John Kulmann of Kuhlmann Design Group were recognized for their efforts in partnering with Schnucks engineers to design and build such a unique urban store format.
Store Manager Tom Collora, a 40-year Schnucks veteran, introduced the leaders of Culinaria’s 71-member store team including Co-Manager Nathan Eickermann, Perishable Manager Joe Brennecke, Prepared Food Manager Marian Fiore, Center Store Manager Bruce Marchi, Customer Service Manager Jeff Sessen, Pharmacy Manager Kelly Ertmann and Store Administrator Dan Loehr.
The 21,000-square-foot store, located on the ground floor of the Ninth Street Garage (315 N. 9th Street), includes a 6,000 square-foot mezzanine featuring a wine bar and customer seating area. Although only about one-third the size of a typical Schnucks store, Culinaria stocks more than 22,000 products including its brand new ultra-premium Culinaria line of products.
Collora said, “Most of the prepared foods are cooked in our store daily. Culinaria’s service meat and seafood, hot and cold food bars, made-to-order sandwiches, salad and pizza (whole or by the slice) and made-from-scratch side dishes make it possible for our customers to do their complete grocery shopping at Culinaria.”
Collora says grocery receipts will include complimentary customer parking in the Ninth Street Garage for up to one hour during weekdays and up to two hours during evenings and weekends. The store is also equipped with a special cooler that allows customers to make their purchases during the day and pick them up in the evening on their way home from work.
Culinaria is the ninth Schnucks store located in the City of St. Louis (67th in the St Louis metropolitan area) and includes downtown St. Louis’ only full-service pharmacy offering downtown delivery.
Culinaria is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. The pharmacy is open weekdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.culinariaschnucks.com.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 103 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.
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