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    Dierberg's to Build New Store in St. Louis Area

    Dierbergs Markets Inc. plans to build its firstMetro East store in Shiloh near a soon-to-open Interstate 64 interchange and has shelved plans for a store in neighboring Fairview Heights, company officials say.

    Oct. 4--Dierbergs Markets Inc. plans to build its first
    Metro East store in Shiloh near a soon-to-open Interstate 64 interchange and has shelved plans for a store in neighboring Fairview Heights, company officials say.

    A land-development plan before the Shiloh Village Council shows the 71,000-square-foot store as the centerpiece of a larger retail development of 10 stores, including a 121,000-square-foot space for an unspecified big-box retailer.

    The development would occupy the southeastern quadrant of the new interchange, which is to open next month. The land is owned by development group Miles Properties of O'Fallon, Ill.

    Shiloh officials, who have yet to approve the project,
    could not be reached Wednesday.

    Dierbergs, a privately held company based in Chesterfield, operates 18 supermarkets in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, with a 19th store scheduled to open in December on Eager Road near Interstate 170 in Brentwood.

    The Shiloh store would be the company's first in the Metro East, where competitors Schnuck Markets Inc. and Shop 'n Save already have 13 and 11 stores, respectively. Dierbergs had considered building a store on 24 acres it owns on Illinois Route 159 in Fairview Heights but has put those plans on hold, said Jerry Ebest, the company's real-estate director.

    "Our market study says (Shiloh) is where we want to be for our first store" in the Metro East, Ebest said. "There's a lot of new residential construction that's taking place both north and south of I-64. And with the new interchange, we think that there will be a great deal of residential traffic on Green Mount Road and on Frank Scott Parkway.

    "There's a market to be served," he said, "and the market is growing."

    Shiloh's population swelled to 7,643 last year from 2,655 in 1990, according to recent census data.Neighboring O'Fallon, north of the new interchange, grew 36 percent during the same period to nearly 22,000 residents. By comparison, Fairview Heights grew at a comparatively slow 5 percent, its population of 15,034 reflecting an additional 683 residents compared with 1990

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