Chambersburg Sav-A-Lot to close Saturday

February 21, 2001

Chambersburg Sav-A-Lot to close Saturday

By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Faced with stiff competition and a format that never caught on, the Chambersburg Save-A-Lot is closing Saturday, a company official said Tuesday.

"We've been struggling since we opened. The concept never caught on in the Chambersburg area," said David Rainey, director of operations for Tri-State Foods, which owns the borough grocery store, as well as one in Cumberland, Md.

Save-A-Lot, at 949 Lincoln Way East, opened in October 1999.

It offers typical grocery store fare, but with its own labels rather than national brand labels.

"Most items are made by national brand labels, but we custom make our labels," he said. "Customers are just used to the national brand, so our branded label never caught on."

The eight full- and part-time employees learned just over a week ago that the store would close, but most have lined up new employment, Rainey said.


The store is posting signs inside announcing its impending closure, and the remaining stock will be shipped to the Cumberland location, he said.

"It's not so much of a shock. We did what we could here. Maybe it was the wrong location," Rainey said.

The store is on a congested strip of U.S. 30, and there are seven other grocery stores within a two-mile radius.

Rainey said Save-A-Lot had a loyal customer base, but it wasn't large enough to sustain the store.

"Most customers loved the store. The problem is we couldn't get enough customers to come in," he said.

There are about 900 Save-A-Lot stores nationwide, the majority independently owned and doing well, Rainey said.

The nearest Save-A-Lot to the Chambersburg store is in the Potomac Mills Shopping Center on Pa. 316 in Waynesboro, Pa.

It is owned by a different corporation and is not affected by the closing of the Chambersburg store.

Save-A-Lot will keep its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., through Saturday.

Rainey said Tri-State Foods leases the 14,998 square-foot site and an additional 3,100 square feet adjacent to the Family Dollar store and is looking for a business interested in taking over the lease.

"We appreciate the patronage of Chambersburg consumers that shopped here. We're sorry we're leaving," Rainey said.

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