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MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu, Inc. here will close its newest corporately owned Shop 'n Save store, in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, in October. The 48,000-square-foot concept store, which served as an experimental prototype featuring local "brand icon" departments showcasing the wares of some of western Pennsylvania's most notable purveyors, will be replaced by a 20,000-square-foot Staples office supply store and other retail tenants.
The store is among the 20 corporate locations the Minneapolis-based Supervalu put on the block last year in the region, which now has only four corporate locations remaining.
"While it is unfortunate that the Shop 'n Save store is closing, the arrival of Staples is a reflection of the economic viability and the potential of the surrounding small business community in East Liberty," said Lori Moran, v.p. of real estate development for East Liberty Station Associates, which is currently working to open the Pittsburgh area’s first Trader Joe's in the same neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Supervalu has sold a number of company-owned locations. A spokeswoman said the grocery distributor continued to work with interested parties on the sale of four Pennsylvania Shop 'n Save stores on Hansen and Sixth Avenue in Butler, Wagner Street in Monaca, Ohio River Boulevard in Rochester, and Latrobe Thirty Plaza in Latrobe.