Schnuck Markets, Inc
New Flagship Schnucks Opens to Des Peres Customers on Sept. 15
Store Manager says, “It’s an experience in food!”
DES PERES, Mo. – After 46 years of serving customers in its present location, Schnucks Des Peres will close at 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, and reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at its new location, 12332 Manchester Road (next to West County Mall). The relocation of this landmark facility marks the beginning of a new era for the family-owned grocery company.
At 74,000 square feet, this combination food and pharmacy store is like no other Schnucks store. Schnucks Chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck explained, “We promised our Des Peres community something special and that’s just what we will deliver. Des Peres will be a flagship store in our company because of the atypical offerings it will include.”
“Our customers will find the same quality grocery and pharmacy products and services, but because we were able to build this store from the ground up, we’ve been able to include additional amenities. We’ve included a Kaldi’s coffee shop with WiFi connections, a new cheese room and wine display, a walk-in beer cave cooler, an aged beef cooler, a Schnucks Cooks demonstration station, two restaurant counter seating areas and a table-top kitchen house wares department,” Schnuck said.
Schnuck added, “We are particularly excited to see our customers’ reaction to the first Schnucks Cooks Cooking School, located on the mezzanine. While this is our first venture into a classroom setting, teaching is something that comes naturally. Our grandmother’s kitchen is really where it all started for us.”
Schnucks President and COO Todd Schnuck explained, “The cooking school has been in development for more than two years. Its state-of-the-art kitchen and classroom is the perfect way to showcase the food expertise Schnucks has cultivated over the years.”
“Our goal is to retain all of the characteristics that make us who we are in the grocery business – quality products, variety, service and value – and build on them to create the ultimate grocery shopping experience for our customers and their families,” said Todd Schnuck.
Store manager and 38-year Schnucks veteran Steve Ryan agreed and explained that the store will allow customers to take advantage of the very latest food industry trends. “Because of the growing interest in wine selections and wine and food pairings, our customers will be excited to learn that our in-store wine list is now upwards of 1,700 reserve selections from around the world,” said Ryan. “The collection is managed by our company’s own certified specialists of wine, but we can also locate wines by request.”
In addition, Ryan says he is proud to call new Des Peres a “green” store. “There are a number of sustainability concepts worked into the dramatic design. There are water saving fixtures and lighting throughout the store, including the sky lights, which allow for expanded energy management and conservation,” Ryan said.
“The Des Peres community has afforded us a unique opportunity to design a store that will serve a variety of needs from grocery shopping to food education,” Ryan said. “Our engineering and design teams have been able to take everything we’ve learned about the grocery business and about building stores and apply it to this floor plan ensuring a fun and entertaining ‘food experience’ that will surpass everyone’s expectations.”
Scott Schnuck agreed and added, “It’s a long way from the 1,000-square-foot store my grandparents opened in 1939, but in many ways, Schnucks Des Peres is a return to our company’s roots and a great way to celebrate our 70th anniversary.”
The first Schnucks Des Peres was originally 27,000 square feet and opened in 1963 at 11945 Manchester Road. In 1978, the store nearly doubled in size after a major remodel. It was expanded again in 1988 when Schnucks acquired the drug store just east of the facility. It was last remodeled in 2000. You will find more information on the store and cooking school at http://www.schnuckscooks.com/
Summit Development Group is developing the Des Peres Corners shopping center. The Schnucks Engineering department partnered with api(+) of Tampa, Fla. and general contractor Brinkmann Constructors of Chesterfield, Mo. for store design and construction.
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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