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2011-03-30 / News

Imlay City grocer officially reopens as Save-A-Lot

BY PHIL FOLEY 810-452-2616  pfoley@mihomepaper.com

IMLAY CITY — Fourteen months after hosting Imlay City’s business and political leaders at a ribbon cutting for Grocery Outlet and More in what once was an IGA store on South Cedar Street, Troy businessman Khalid “Kenny” Zaitouna is inviting them back for a second ribbon cutting.

On Monday Zaitouna will be reopening the store as a Sav-A-Lot. The grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries served and the first 100 people to visit the newly renovated store Monday will receive a free gift, said Zaitouna.

Zaitouna reopened Imlay City’s Rankin’s IGA Market, which closed in 2005, last February as a independent Grocery Outlet and More. However in January he announced he’d decided to become a Sav-A-Lot franchise.

Based in Earth City, MO, Save-A-Lot was founded in 1978. Save-A-Lot operates on the limited assortment concept, typically offering only 1,250 items per store and offering each item in only one size. The company, whose chief rival is Aldi, claims sales in excess of $4 billion.

One of the hallmarks of Save-A-Lot is its store brands. The company carries 14 lines of exclusive products.

Coldwater, Mich.-based Alliance Foods, one of Save-A-Lot’s largest licensees, closed its Lapeer location in October, citing competition from Walmart, Meijer and Kroger.

However in January Zaitouna told The County Press, “I have faith in the location. I have faith in the Save-A-Lot business.”

Located at 2028 Van Dyke in Imlay City, Sav-a- Lot is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store can be reached by phone at 810-721-7031.

Imlay City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana Dunlop, who’s organizing the ribbon cutting, said Zaitouna, “recently told me that he greatly appreciates the community’s support and is looking forward to serving Imlay City. He is excited to bring quality and familiar products to his grocery store.”

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