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Save-A-Lot will reopen next month in Albion with a new owner

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2018 at 8:06 am

ALBION – Contractors have been a steady presence in recent months at 320 West Ave., the site of a Save-A-Lot for 15 years.

The Pawlak family closed the store 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, including new public restrooms and cases. The former video store in the front of the building has been changed to be a bagging area for customers.

“We’re bringing the newest, latest Save-A-Lot to this location,” Hedlund said on Friday.

The new Save-A-Lot will open at 8 a.m. on June 5. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. on June 4 with local dignitaries. Hedlund will have 25-30 employees working at the store, including 10 full-time.

Hedlund, a North Tonawanda resident, owns a Save-A-Lot in Salamanca and is co-owner of the stores in Batavia and Le Roy.

His other stores give him more buying power, which will help him offer customers a better price and better selection on groceries.

“There will be a synergy with the other stores,” he said.

Hedlund said he expects the store will be popular in Albion.

“We definitely look forward to coming to the community,” he said.

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