Schnuck Markets, Inc
Shoppers at the Ballwin Plaza Schnucks to Get Brand New Store Through Remodel
BALLWIN, Mo. – With the unveiling of plans for a multi-million dollar remodel of its Ballwin Plaza Schnucks store, St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. is poised to make a sizeable investment in the Ballwin community.
According to Chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, the family-owned grocery company will launch a remodel of its 62,000-square-foot Ballwin Plaza store (15425 Manchester Road) in June to be completed by year’s end. Schnuck said, “This is one of several major remodels undertaken in the past 18 months in an effort to bring our newest culinary amenities to customers across several markets.
Schnuck said this particular remodel coincides with and complements upgrades planned by Ballwin Plaza landlord, Weingarten Realty, which include updated exterior painting, new entrances for easier customer access, a newly sealed parking lot and upgraded landscaping.
“Our extensive interior remodel, including complete floor-to-ceiling décor changes, was one of the catalysts for the upcoming large-scale shopping center renovation,” said Schnuck. “In addition to providing area customers with a more attractive and inclusive one-stop shopping destination, we believe the total effort will give a much needed lift to business on the Manchester Road corridor.
Ballwin Mayor Tim Pogue says city officials are elated with the news of the full-scale remodel and plaza updates. “This signifies renewed confidence in the retail vitality of our community,” said Pogue. “These developments will help generate additional sales tax revenue which will enable us to maintain a zero local property tax rate. It’s important that Ballwin residents get behind these local businesses and show their support of the investments being made in our community.”
Schnuck says the Ballwin store will be completely transformed by the changes being made. “The interior signage, color scheme and décor package is being redesigned to mirror that of our Des Peres flagship store. Our intent is to create spectacular customer shopping experiences – store-by-store,” he said.
For added customer convenience, the pharmacy and restrooms will be relocated to the front of Schnucks Ballwin Plaza. “The move will allow us to provide our pharmacists with additional space for customer consultations,” Schnuck said. “A new multi-purpose room near the courtesy center will allow us to expand seating for wine tastings, food sampling and other special events.”
Interior lighting will be modernized and upgraded; approximately 75 percent of the existing shelving will be replaced, and new frozen and refrigerated cases will provide for better product viewing. Schnuck says, “The addition of new culinary services will take the store’s food education offerings to a whole new level.”
Store Manager Laurie Grooms has worked at Schnucks for nearly 35 years and managed the Ballwin store for the past 14. She says this is one of the most extensive remodels of her career. “Here it all starts with a dramatic new décor package that will lead to a more modern look and feel that will set the tone for the excitement that customers can follow through the store,” said Grooms.
She added, “We were particularly excited for the opportunity to introduce our customers to new products in our Deli/Cheese bar and at Schnucks Cooks – a free-standing demonstration station where we will recreate recipes and sample foods. These new services will give our customers the opportunity to interact more directly with our food experts in creating meal solutions for their families.”
Schnucks Project Manager John Moennig has designed a timeline that will minimize inconvenience during the remodel. “While the work will be extensive, our customers come first. Our plan is to do most of the work at night and schedule major moves around customer peak times and holiday shopping periods,” Moennig said.
Long-time residents will tell you that the 62,000-square-foot store in Ballwin Plaza was not actually the first Schnucks store in Ballwin. The very first store opened in 1971 at Central Plaza on Manchester just east of the current location. In 1987, it relocated to its current place as anchor store at Ballwin Plaza. The current store was last remodeled in 2003.
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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