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Updated: Arbutus Getting Save-A-Lot

New supermarket coming to former Superfresh location.

11:30 p.m. Update: St. Louis, Mo.-based Save-A-Lot confirmed that the supermarket chain is opening a store formerly occupied by the Superfresh on East Drive, and that the store is expected to open by the end of February, 2012.

Save-A-Lot is a discount supermarket offering prices about 40 percent below competitors, with about 80 percent of its products sold under a store brand.

Company spokesperson Chon Tomlin described the chain as a "limited assortment" supermarket. "Instead of 12 different kinds of ketchup, you might find seven," she said.

About 80 percent of the products it sells are a company brand, according to Tomlin.

The new store will have fresh produce, but no service departments. Pre-wrapped meats will be available, but the store will not have a butcher shop, seafood department, or bakery, Tomlin said.

At almost 20,000 square feet, the Arbutus store will be among the largest in the Save-A-Lot chain. According to Tomlin, the average Save-A-Lot store is about one-quarter the size of the Arbutus location.

The store will undergo renovation prior to its opening in order to fit the Save-A-Lot model, and will hire 20-25 employees. While store managers are often experienced employees that are transferred from other locations, other personnel are hired locally, she said.

Tomlin encouraged those interested in working at the Arbutus Save-A-Lot to apply through the company's web site.

5:30 a.m. Oct 3: Sources tell Arbutus Patch that a new supermarket has agreed to assume the location of the former Superfresh on East Drive in Arbutus.

According to several people--but not yet confirmed by the company--the discount chain Save-A-Lot will have a store operational by February of next year.

Check back with Arbutus Patch as this story is updated.

al walker January 03, 2012 at 10:27 PM
beth gutwald. kids are grown. bit awkward to volunteer in a school dont you think. i would surly think it would be awkward if an adult with no children volunteered in the school or program my children were in. do i belong to an association. sure. do i shop at local stores. sure i do. but have no need to shop at a save a lot. so beth why do you want to know anyway.
beth gutwald January 03, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I would like to know because, al walker, many people do nothing and just complain that things are going down hill. I hope that economics prevails and, if you and David Sohns, and Disgusted, and Bclass and other like you do not shop at this new store, it will close. Then what? a new "church". a new gym? And no I do not think it is weird or "awkward" to volunteer in a school where you have no children. Grandparent age people volunteer all the time, and make a difference in the lives of children. All I am saying is if you sit back, do nothing, and let a neighborhood deteriorate, it is as much your fault as it is the landlord at the Sav-A-Lot shopping center. What are YOU, al walker, doing to help our community?
al walker January 04, 2012 at 12:54 PM
i will not shop there. no one can make me or anyone else shop there. and i am not a grandparent age yet. enough about me, what are you doing.
jeff glenn February 11, 2012 at 02:35 AM
i hope i get the job there at save a lot i had a entervew and all
al walker February 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
figures.

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