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January 16, 2008

WHEATFIELD: Save-A-Lot opens at The Summit

A 17,000-square-foot grocery store is the latest addition to The Summit mall in Wheatfield.

Save-A-Lot opened its doors to the public Jan. 9. John Hedlund, the store’s manager, lives in Wheatfield and operates two other stores — in Salamanca and Bradford, Pa. — with business partner William Larson.

Hedlund said he told company officials that if they ever opened a store in Niagara County, he’d be interested in running it. The opportunity arose earlier this fall when Save-A-Lot announced interest in The Summit.

Hedlund said the store serves a need in the community.

“I feel there’s an opportunity here. There’s a niche that needed to be taken care of in the area (especially with senior housing nearby),” he said. “It’s a long time coming to get a (grocery) store here is what I’ve heard from customers.”

The store has drawn shoppers from Wheatfield, Lockport, Lewiston and Grand Island, he said. Shoppers also have said they like the clean, bright look of the store, Hedlund said, adding that with 11 other stores in the Buffalo-Niagara region, customers are familiar with the Save-A-Lot brand.

Summit Marketing Director Josette DiDomizio said Save-A-Lot is a welcome addition to the mall.

“We have been looking forward to having them open up since they announced coming here in October,” she said. Save-A-Lot occupies more than half of what used to be a Toys “R” Us.

One of the nation’s largest edited assortment grocery chains, Save-A-Lot operates 1,150 stores in a variety of different neighborhoods, from rural to urban.

Edited assortment means that the stores carry only the most frequently purchased grocery items — both store-brand and some national labels — as well as dairy products and frozen foods. Hedlund said his stores focus on fresh-cut meats and quality produce. They also offer a “dollar-department” for general merchandise items.

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