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    United Opens Next-gen Store in Amarillo

    Combines full-service grocery with freestanding Express c-store

    United Supermarkets has opened the flagship location of its next-generation concept – combining a full-service supermarket and freestanding convenience store -- at 3552 South Soncy Rd. in Amarillo, Texas.

    The 55,000-square-foot grocery store features a completely new design, and anchors a 19-acre site that includes the United Express which opened in January.

    “This is our first United location which reflects our new brand strategy,” said Monica Schierbaum, senior director of marketing for United Supermarkets. “It is a bold statement and truly represents the United Supermarkets brand and what we stand for. The Amarillo community is so important to our company, and we believe this store will be a positive expression of the strong relationship we have with our Amarillo guests.”

    Store features include a Care Xpress walk-in healthcare clinic and drive-thru pharmacy; new shelf tags featuring the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System; the recently introduced “Dietitian’s Top Pick” program; expanded gluten-free and bulk departments; a full-service meat/seafood department; the largest beer-wine selection of any United location, including a walk-in beer cooler; a full-service bakery; as well as a fresh department at the front of the store.

    In-store Dining

    The dining-food service area, located to the right of the entrance away from the shopping flow, provides seating for up to 190 guests. Additionally, the deli and hot bar feature Boar’s Head sliced meat and cheeses, pizza, sandwich bar, soup and salad bar, a large assortment of grab-and-go chilled prepared foods, and a hot griddle.

    The store will also be eco-friendly, according to Tony Crumpton, executive VP of facility, fuel and supply. “This location reflects our commitment to the environment and reducing our carbon footprint,” Crumpton said. “It is our first United location with skylights for light harvesting, a newly designed refrigeration system that substantially reduces the amount of ozone-depleting gas needed, and the use of LED lighting throughout the store, to lower overall energy usage."

    The grand opening included United representatives presenting a $50,000 donation to High Plains Food Bank’s operation of Kids Cafe, which provides free meals and snacks to low-income children in the Amarillo community.

    United Supermarkets operates 60 stores under four unique brands: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters and Llano Logistics.
     

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