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    Save-A-Lot to Open New Distribution Center

    Project to support banner's growth in Denver region

    By Jim Dudlicek, EnsembleIQ

    Hard-discounter Save-A-Lot aims to more efficiently bring fresh food options to local neighborhoods with the development of a 140,000-square-foot food distribution center in Aurora, Colo., in June.

    St. Louis-based Save-A-Lot currently services its stores in this market out of the company’s distribution center located in Dallas. The addition of the new facility in Aurora is expected to dramatically reduce transportation expenses, shorten delivery times and better position Save-A-Lot for future growth.

    Future Growth Possibilities

    “This project represents a significant investment in Denver and the surrounding markets,” said Ritchie Casteel, president and CEO of Save-A-Lot. “We are excited about the opportunity to more efficiently serve our current stores as well as opening up the area for growth possibilities in the future.”

    Currently, there are 15 Save-A-Lot stores in the Denver market. The new distribution center will help support the company’s growth plans in Denver and the surrounding states.

    Save-A-Lot, wholly owned by Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc., operates more than 1,300 stores in 39 states from Maine to California.

    By Jim Dudlicek, EnsembleIQ
    • About Jim Dudlicek As editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer, Jim Dudlicek oversees daily operations of the magazine, spearheads its signature features, produces PG’s monthly Trend Alert newsletter on center store issues, moderates its regular webcast series, and writes and comments about a wide range of grocery issues. A food industry journalist since 2002, Jim came to PG in June 2010 after covering the dairy industry for 7½ years, during which time he served as chief editor of Dairy Field and Dairy Foods magazines. A graduate of Marquette University, Jim is fascinated by how truly progressive grocers inspire consumers to enjoy food, transforming the industry from mere merchants into educators that can take the most basic of all necessities and turn it into something profound and life-enhancing.

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