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Downtown St. Louis residents and commuters last week witnessed the first outward sign of progress on a new grocery store, Culinaria – A Schnucks Market, when representatives from Midwest Sunray of Granite City, Ill., hoisted the sign onto the building.
The combination food-and-pharmacy store is being built by Legacy Building Group, LLC and is set to open Aug. 11. Unlike the typical construction project, most of the work is being done on the inside, which, according to store manager Tom Collora, makes the project a bit of a mystery to those passing by. “Construction is going very well, and the sign-raising is just the latest cause for celebration,” Collora said.
“Schnucks was founded in North St. Louis in 1939, so this is a lot like returning home,” he continues. “We have always maintained a strong connection to the city of St. Louis, and it will be good to see our name on a building in the heart of downtown. We see this new store as a tribute to our founders and to the St. Louis customers who have allowed us to serve them for the past 70 years. Later this summer, Schnucks is going to really give them something special.”
Culinaria – A Schnucks Market is located on the ground floor of the Ninth Street Garage at the corner of 9th and Olive Streets in downtown St. Louis. The new urban concept store is 21,000 square feet on the first level, and 6,000-square-feet on the mezzanine. Culinaria will be the ninth Schnucks store in the city of St. Louis, as well as the 67th in the metropolitan area.
St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates a total of 105 stores (including five Logli stores) and 101 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.