Save-A-Lot may expand warehouse

January 29, 1997


Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Save-A-Lot Inc. plans to increase the size of its Williamsport warehouse by 115,985 square feet, according to Washington County planning records.

Save-A-Lot operates a chain of discount food stores filled with a limited selection of private label products, John Richards, assistant district manger, said Wednesday.

Richards said the company has outgrown its 172,700-square-foot facility at 9822 Prosperity Lane. Richards said the company employs about 100 people at the warehouse, and is still hiring. He said the expansion would result in more jobs, but would not be specific.


He said warehousing jobs start at $9 an hour with the potential to rise to $12 an hour and said drivers start at $11.50 an hour rising to $13 an hour after a probationary period of about four months.

Employees also receive full benefits after a probationary period, he said. "We offer a career more than a job," he said.

Richards said Save-A-Lot is owned by Supervalu Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., and is growing.

He said about 50 trucks a day go to the warehouse, but couldn't speculate on how many more trucks the planned expansion would bring. Most goods are delivered to the warehouse at night, he said.

The company was seeking a special exception to change a 75-foot setback to a 25-foot setback. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals was considering the matter Wednesday night. The smaller setback borders railroad tracks, Richards said.

About one-fourth of the expansion space would be space for freezers, Richards said. Richards also said that entrance roads to the warehouse would be reworked to improve traffic flow.

Most of the Save-A-Lot stores serviced by the warehouse are in the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas, Richards said.

Save-A-Lot sits on 16.93 acres just off Md. 68 near Interstate 81.

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