New Save-A-Lot Grocery Prepares To Open

POTTSTOWN PA – Advertising to employ store clerks and meat cutters for a new Save-A-Lot discount supermarket on Pottstown’s west side began during late June and remained available today (Monday, July 13, 2015) online, although the number of jobs still open and the store’s opening date were not announced.

Those interested can apply for a position here; search for “Pottstown PA” as the location.

20150712-PottstownPA-SaveALotSignageMeanwhile, interior installations and outfitting of what has been designated as Save-A-Lot No. 201, at 80 Robinson St. in Plaza 2 of the Tri-County Business Campus, are continuing. Contractors have been seen at the strip shopping center and inside the site regularly, the retailer’s signs are prominently erected, and a parking lot security system for shopping carts is in place.

Also, real estate leasing agents are looking for more businesses to occupy the vacant spaces adjacent to the coming, nationally known grocery chain.

Save-A-Lot is part of Minneapolis MN-based SuperValu Inc., which both sells foods in its own stores and distributes products to independent and chain grocers. In addition to more than 1,170 Save-A-Lot locations, the company also owns the Cub Foods chain in Minnesota, Hornbacher’s in North Dakota, Shop ‘N Save in Missouri, Farm Fresh in Virginia, and Shoppers in Washington DC.

Save-A-Lot represents what is known as a “hard discount” grocer, positioned to compete with other reduced-price marketers like Aldi, which is located in Lower Pottsgrove Township.

Industry experts report Save-A-Lot stores are generally smaller than full-sized supermarkets and offer a more limited range of products, many of which carry SuperValu brand names. Interior displays are less lavish, according to reports, but reducing those expenses is in part what helps to lower product prices, they add.

The new, 14,000-square-foot market is occupying a portion of what stood for several years as a partially finished retail shell fronted by an empty parking lot, positioned on the Robinson Street loop near its eastern intersection with Shoemaker Road. It is located between the Comfort Inn and Motel 6, both on Robinson, and its frontage is visible from Route 100.

Leasing agents hope to fill the remainder of the building with about 10 other retailers needing between 2,000- and 3,500-square-feet of space or more. More than 61,000 adults who live within 5 miles of the site could be future Save-A-Lot customers, according to demographic research provided by the LoopNet commercial property listing service.

During this month (July 2015) alone, Save-A-Lot reported its would open 11 new stores: one each in Alabama, Mississippi and Michigan; two in Illinois, and three each in North Carolina and New York.

Part of the new store’s technology will include a shopping cart anti-theft system (below), the signage for which is already displayed. Wheels on Save-A-Lot carts will automatically lock up once they reach defined limits of the parking lot, so they can’t be wheeled away.

20150712-PottstownPA-SaveALotCartLocks

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