Save-A-Lot is ready for opening day Tuesday in Albion
ALBION – The community can step inside the new Save-A-Lot store in Albion beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and see how the store has been transformed since January by owners John Hedlund and Bill Larson.
The store used to have a red-color scheme and that has been replaced with blue and gray. The shelves have been replaced and they are shorter and the aisles are wider to give an open space feel, Hedlund said today before a ribbon-cutting celebration with local elected officials.
The Albion store is the first Save-A-Lot with the new store design.
Hedlund and Larson put in a new public bathroom and changed the former video store into an office and bagging area.
The owners have invested in energy-efficient LED lights and more efficient motors to power equipment.
The owners also run the Batavia and Le Roy Save-A-Lot stores and those nearby sites will provide a synergy with Albion, ensuring a selection of food at low prices, Hedlund said.
The Albion store has kept the meat department, and Larson said Save-A-Lot wants to establish relationships with local farmers to sell produce.
The Pawlak family ran a Save-A-Lot for about 14 years in Albion until the store closed in November. In January, John Hedlund signed a lease to take over the space and reopen a Save-A-Lot.
But first extensive upgrades would be done with new refrigeration, electrical – an overall transformation of the space.
He praised the plaza’s owner, Westwood Financials, for being “very accommodating” to get the space upgraded.
The new store has 20-25 employees. Lura Kenward is the store manager, Zech Simpson is the assistant store manager, and Greg Webster is the meat department manager.
The first 100 customers on Tuesday will receive $5 gift cards.