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    Supervalu Plans Save-A-Lot Expansion

    160 new stores on tap for grocer’s value division

    Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc. plans to increase the footprint of its value-priced Save-A-Lot chain by 160 new stores this year.

    The grocer had a same-store sale loss on its regular retail chains, including the Chicago-area Jewel-Osco and Minnesota’s Cub Foods, and does not expect to expand those brands, GlobeSt.com reported.

    This year, Supervalu plans to focus on reversing its same-store sale loss, improving prices and getting people to do their full shopping at the stores, a Supervalu spokesperson told GlobeSt.com.

    One approach is to increase the Save-A-Lot stores, the spokesperson said; stores in this 1,200-plus-store chain average about 15,000 square feet and cater to households with incomes of $45,000 or less. “This past year we added 92 net Save-A-Lot stores, and this fiscal year we’re looking to add another 160 net stores,” the spokesperson told GlobeSt.com.

    To reverse its losses, Supervalu aims to improve customer loyalty with good service and lower prices, and make its stores more efficient to shop. “We want to create hyper-local stores that meet the needs of the neighborhood, carrying products that shoppers want, with excellent fresh produce, baked goods and cuts of meat,” the spokesperson told GlobeSt.com.
     

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