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If you live in the eastern half of the United States, there’s a pretty darn good chance you’ve shopped at Save-A-Lot. With 1,255 store locations, it is one of the largest grocery store chains in the country.
Save-A-Lot’s founder, Bill Moran, worked for a grocery wholesaler in the mid-1970’s. As he watched more and more giant grocery wholesalers open for business, he saw a clear need for a return to small grocers. In 1977, he opened his first store in Cahokia, IL, and it was an immediate success.
Moran’s business model was simple…
Save-A-Lot doesn’t try to offer customers every brand of every product under the sun. Instead, they stock the brands that customers buy most. This makes it easier and quicker for shoppers to find what they’re looking for and the store doesn’t have to constantly remove slow-moving products from the shelves. Add to that the fact that the stores are smaller and the aisles wider and it makes grocery shopping a breeze. Shoppers can get in, get what they came for and get out quicker than in large supermarkets.
With a stock of about 1,800 products, Save-A-Lot offers both popular national brands and their own Save-A-Lot brand items, all at affordable prices.
Let’s be green…
Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags from home. While helping the environment, this also means that customers don’t have to buy bags to take home their purchases. Save-A-Lot also offers eco-friendly Save-A-Lot totes that can be used again and again!
Bill Moran was really on to something when he came up with his idea to open small grocery stores.
Smaller stores mean lower operating costs, lower rents or cheaper to build, less labour and reduced daily operating costs. It’s better for the store and better for customers.
The end of an era…
In 2006, Save-A-Lot founder Bill Moran announced his retirement after almost 30 years leading the company. The stores continue to follow his vision of offering high-quality, low-priced products that shoppers need every day.
In 2016, Save-A-Lot was acquired by Canadian private equity firm, Onex Corporation.
Save-A-Lot stores, both corporate and licensed, can be found in 36 states as well as in Central America and the Caribbean. Oh, and let’s not forget their 16 wholesale distribution centres.
Save-A-Lot’s Guiding Principle
Our guiding principle is to be shopper-centric. While we are always mindful of costs and efficiencies, in the end our decisions and actions are guided by how we can best meet the needs and wants of the value-seeking shopper.
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