Schnuck Markets, Inc
Peoria Schnucks Welcomes Shoppers to Newly Renovated Store
Floor plan includes new services and earth-friendly features
PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria Schnucks shoppers may feel as if they are shopping at a brand new store when they enter their recently remodeled supermarket at 4800 N. University Street (61614). The “new” Peoria store now features several of the company’s latest food services and environmental initiatives.
Store Manager and 21-year Schnucks veteran James Porter thinks customers will be excited about the results of this extensive remodel. “Our customers are sure to notice our new décor package that includes new shelving, cases, refrigerators and freezers. However, those additions are only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve pulled out all the stops in order to create a spectacular shopping experience for our customers,” Porter said.
Coffee lovers will find a new Kaldi’s coffee café that includes a self-service pastry and cookie display. Like Schnucks, Kaldi’s is a family-owned company based in St. Louis. Kaldi’s roasts and blends more than 40 coffees and espressos for their own coffeehouses and for specialty markets, restaurants, coffeehouses, grocery stores, universities and offices in the Midwest. Kaldi’s specializes in organic and Fair Trade coffees, and uses traditional small-batch roasting techniques. Kaldi’s coffee is certified organic and kosher.
The bakery department also features the company’s third made-from-scratch Artisan bread shop and self-service display. Porter says that other new amenities in prepared foods will include a soup kiosk, wing bar and olive bar. While seafood lovers will enjoy the new sushi case and shrimp bar in the updated seafood department.
Porter anticipates a great response from customers when they see the walk-in beer cooler while cheese aficionados will appreciate the new cheese island that features a plethora of domestic and international products.
According to Schnucks Project Manager Jeff Stabenow, the remodel has provided the opportunity to add a number of “green” improvements. “We’ve been able to work in many sustainability concepts into this dramatic new design including LED lighting in all perishable sales areas,” Stabenow said.
“We’ve installed an energy management system that continuously conserves energy and controls refrigeration, heating cooling and lighting to keep the store comfortable for customers. High-efficiency refrigeration cases now reduce total building energy use while cutting carbon emissions.” Stabenow says the store now features attractive interior wall finishes made of recycled content or rapidly renewable products.
St. Louis-based Impact Strategies served as general contractor for the remodel, but Schnucks Director of Facilities Engineering Ross Hutsel says more than a $1 million in contracts were awarded to central Illinois subcontractors that included Hein Construction Company, Inc., Schaefer Electric, Monefusco HVAC, Inc and The PIPCO Companies.
At 87,000 square feet, the Peoria Schnucks is one of the company’s largest stores. The store opened in 1999. This is the first major remodel for that location. The remodeled store includes the first Schnucks Community Center, which according to Porter, will be made available to different community groups for their periodic meetings.
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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