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Nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, New Orleans has seen an uptick in its population recently and the unemployment rate is at 5 percent -- far better than the nation as a whole. Save-A-Lot has been part of that rebirth by first rebuilding or renovating four stores after Katrina, and now opening three new ones.
The new stores, located at 1841 Almonaster; 2841 S. Claiborne and 3610 MacArthur, collectively support local construction and development companies while also providing much needed fresh produce, meat and other food items alongside 100 new jobs for local residents.
Since June of last year, Save-A-Lot has opened 30 stores in cities like Tampa, Philadelphia, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit and Cleveland. Indeed, the St. Louis-based chain has long looked for growth opportunities in underserved communities, opening stores where other chains won’t. To that end, the company has identified three additional target areas in New Orleans and a number of others within 100 miles of the city.
“We are so proud to be part of the city’s rebirth by opening new food stores in neighborhoods where they are needed most,” said Rick Meyer, Save-A-Lot’s VP of market development. “We are dedicated to supporting the communities of New Orleans in whatever way we can.”
New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin lauded the company for its longstanding commitment to New Orleans and called it “a major partner in our neighborhoods. We congratulate Save-A-Lot for the new stores and look forward to more stores across the city.”
As part of its New Orleans store openings, Save-A-Lot donated:
--$5,000 to First Book, which in turn will provide books for children at Kid’s of Excellence Daycare and other organizations in New Orleans.
--$5,000 in food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to fight hunger in south Louisiana.
Save-A-Lot’s independent licensees operate approximately 75 percent of all of its nearly 1,200 stores in 39 states, from Maine to California. While the seven New Orleans stores are corporately owned, Save-A-Lot will work with city officials, business and community leaders to identify entrepreneurs who are interested in ownership opportunities in their local communities.