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.