Schnucks Marks Completion of Effort to Convert 19 Shop 'n Save Stores

Ribbon-cutting also celebrates return to Fenton area.

Brett Blume
October 22, 2018 - 4:21 pm

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FENTON, Mo. (KMOX) - They gathered Monday to cut the ribbon that officially opened the new Schnucks store in Fenton.

The ceremony also doubled as a way to mark completion of the month-long effort to convert 19 Shop 'n Save stores that were bought out by Schnucks.

"During this acquisition, we've added over 2,100 new teammates to our organization," said Schnucks Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck. "We now employ over 12,000 people in the St. Louis region, one of the largest employers here in St. Louis."

He said the conversion process was well-planned and executed.

"In a period of 63 hours for each store they opened it up, counted the inventory, cleaned, restocked, put new front-end systems in, new signage and shined it up," Schnuck explained. "We got it ready for our customers."

He pointed out that Schnucks wanted to fill a void that they had created by leaving Fenton about 15 years ago.

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"Other communities like this, Lemay in South County, St. John in North County, we're making our debut," Schnuck said. "A number of spots where we had the opportunity to serve a broader swath of the St. Louis community."

Schnucks now operates 118 stores in five states, with a 119th set to open in Warrenton, Mo., within the next couple of weeks.

Eighty of those are located within the greater St. Louis region, on both sides of the Mississippi River.

Schnuck said another thing he was proud of was that they were able to retain more than 90 percent of the "teammates" from Shop 'n Save stores that were bought out, adding that they'll make the same wages and hours they had with a continuation of their pension benefits and an "above-market" health care plan.

"We're redoubling our commitment to St. Louis," Schnuck said. "You read a lot about companies being acquired by out-of-country interests, or they move to a different city. We believe in this region and in this community, and we want to be here."