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1,335th Save a Lot Opens In Salina

Todd Pittenger - June 24, 2015 10:52 am

A project three years in the making became a reality Wednesday morning when the 1,335th Save a Lot grocery story in the country opened in north Salina.

A large group of people was waiting when the doors opened at 8:00, and an even larger crowd gathered at 10:00 for a celebratory ribbon cutting.

Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard spoke. He said that this project would not have been possible without a lot of cooperation between organizations that include among others the city, the chamber of commerce, neighborhood businesses, and most importantly over 3,000 citizens who signed a pledge vowing to support the store.

The mayor said that after the Dillons grocery store that had previously been in the location closed in 2012, there were no grocery stores in Salina north of Crawford Street. “We were in what the USDA classified as a food desert,” he said. Blanchard concluded that “safe access to fresh, healthy, affordable, food is a quality of life issue.”

With the opening of the Salina store, Save a Lot now has 1,335 stores nationwide. The company normally opens stores in communities larger than Salina. Because of the outpouring of community support, and the need, it decided to open a Salina location.

Seven different grocery chains had looked at the market location in Salina

The building on Iron Avenue had been vacant since late 2012, when Dillons closed the store as they opened a new location on East Cloud Street.


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Jeff Fellows

June 24, 2015 at 11:59 am

Sure took a long time for them to get open. Now if the city would not have closed Iron it would making getting there a lot easier. Funny how the mayor sticks out his chest on this project but Greeley Ave bridge has been out longer and the city tears up iron st. before fixing the bridge. Think we need new leadership.

Greg Stephens

June 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

A positive example of what can be done when Salina pulls together. Thanks to the mayor, all city officials, local business leaders, and other organizations. Jeff Fellows- don’t complain, run for office.

Steve Stolzenburg

June 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I wish we had one in Cloud County

Jeff Fellows

June 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

Went to the store last night and it is very nice and will serve the purpose those in the area do need but it lacks in a lot of area’s that some of us would drop in to pick up a a 12 pack of beer which they do not carry. On pricing they were a little competitive but again the price was a lot higher on a gallon of milk then at dillions or walmart by quite a bit. Hopefully some of these things will change but it will surely serve the needs of most people.

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