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About Save-A-Lot

From a single store in 1977, Save-a-Lot has grown into one of the largest U.S. grocery chains. From day one, our objective has been to deliver high quality foods at a great value to our customers.

While working for a grocery wholesaler in the mid-'70s, company founder, Bill Moran identified an opportunity for small grocers to compete against emerging mega-stores and created Save-A-Lot's limited assortment business model. When the first store opened in Cahokia, IL, in 1977, the format was immediately successful.

In 1977, General Grocer Co. adopted Moran's idea of the carefully selected assortment format and opened five additional stores in the St. Louis, MO area. Within a year, word-of-mouth advertising helped spread awareness and Save-A-Lot expanded to 29 locations. By 1980, Save-A-Lot added 52 locations and opened a warehouse in Jackson, TN.
save-a-lot headquarters
Save-A-Lot's corporate offices are based
in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1983, General Grocer sold Save-A-Lot exclusively to Moran. And five years later, Save-A-Lot was acquired by Wetterau Incorporated, a St. Louis, MO-based food wholesaler and retailer. During this time, Save-A-Lot expanded aggressively including the purchase of 76 Jewel T stores and two additional warehouses, one in Pennsylvania and one in Florida.

In 1993, SUPERVALU INC. acquired Wetterau and, with it, Save-A-Lot. Save-A-Lot remains a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU.

In 2006, Save-A-Lot founder Bill Moran announced his retirement after almost 30 years leading the company. Bill Shaner, a 25-year food industry veteran and former Chief Operating Officer of the company, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot.

Save-A-Lot is one of the nation's leading extreme value, carefully selected assortment grocery chains, operating nearly 1,200 value-oriented stores in all types of neighborhoods
โ€” urban, rural and suburban. We deliver our customers terrific savings, up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores.

Our grocery store network spans from Maine to California, serving more than 4 million shoppers each week. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus USDA-inspected beef, pork and poultry, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and non-food items.
Our Vision

We help our customers to live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a compelling, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people every day.
Our Mission

Our mission is to make a positive difference in our customer's lives by saving them money and time through our nationwide network of licensed and corporately owned stores.

We procure, distribute, and market a carefully selected assortment of high quality food and household needs ("great food"), emphasizing our own exclusive brands. Our highly efficient supply chain enables us to sell at prices well below other retailers ("great prices"), and our customers can use the money they save for other things that are important to them; necessities or fun times. We strive to provide a positive shopping experience in stores that are clean, well-stocked, fresh and staffed by friendly, helpful and respectful associates ("great people").

These attributes, "great food. great prices. great people." together with the time saving convenience of our stores, enable us to make a difference in helping our customers live richer, fuller lives.
Our Guiding Principle

Our guiding principle is to be consumer centric.

The consumer will guide us in everything we do. While we are always mindful of costs and efficiencies, in the end our decisions and actions are guided by how we can best meet the needs and wants of the value seeking consumer.
Our Principles


* focus on what matters most: our top priorities
* are performance oriented
* embrace and lead change
* are team players
* work continually to strengthen our team
* have a culture of respect for all
* value diversity in all aspects of our business
* practice the 4 D's: discuss, debate, decide & do

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