North Salina could soon be getting a grocery store.
According to Salina City Commissioner Randall Hardy, a Save-A-Lot grocery store is proposed for a vacant building that formerly housed a Dillons grocery store at 511 East Iron Avenue. There are several financial partners in the project. Included as part of it, the City of Salina will be asked on Monday to allow up to $250,000 in sales tax reimbursement to help finance the project.
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Lauver tells KSAL News the project was made possible through a lot of hard work by a lot of people “behind the scenes”. He says that he believes a discount grocery store will work well in this location.
According to Lauver, seven different grocery chains looked at the market. “I think Save-A-Lot is the best fit”, he added.
Save-A-Lot has more than 1,300 stores nationwide. According to the company website, they deliver savings on discount groceries, up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores.
The building on Iron Avenue has been vacant since late 2012, when Dillons closed the store as they opened a new location on East Cloud Street.