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    Shop 'n Save Enters Gasoline Business

    The 40-plus store grocery chain expands with two stations; its Fuel Rewards program there gives discounts based on grocery purchases.

    ST. LOUIS -- Shop 'n Save, a chain of more than 40 stores based here, has opened two gas stations in the market and is considering opening more, according to Rebecca Herbst, a spokeswoman of the grocery operator.

    The first area Shop 'n Save Fuel Express Center opened in mid-December in Wood River, Ill. A second gas station opened in mid-February in Alton, Ill. Herbst told CSNews Online. Both were opened at existing store sites.

    The grocery operator will retail gasoline at "competitive" prices, Herbst said. Additionally, Shop 'n Save is offering a Fuel Rewards program that gives customers cents-off discounts on fuel based on the amount of groceries purchased in a single trip. Customers who spend $100 or more on food at Shop 'n Save can save 9 cents per gallon of fuel for up to 20 gallons. Those who spend between $50 and $99.99 can save 6 cents a gallon, and those buying $10 to $49.99 can save 3 cents per gallon. Shoppers will receive a discount coupon with their grocery receipt, which can be redeemed at either gas station within 14 days.

    The gas sites are accompanied by small c-stores, which offer a limited mix of snacks and beverages, including hot coffee.

    Flying J Inc., based in Ogden, Utah, is Shop 'n Save's gasoline supplier, Herbst said.

    The grocery retailer would like to add more gas stations to its existing sites, Herbst said. "It all depends on zoning laws of individual cities and townships, if there is space available at the store locations, what the landscape is with other gas stations. If there is a need and we can work with the city, we will definitely explore it."

    Shop 'n Save operates in the greater St. Louis area, and has three stores in the Springfield, Ill., market.

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