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Schnucks Expands Restaurant Partnerships

New restaurants added with focus on diversity
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Photograph courtesy of Schnuck Markets

Schnuck Markets said this week it was extending more partnerships with area restaurants to offer grab-and-go meals in its stores. The St. Louis-based retailer, which began offering such partnerships in April, said its latest partnerships reflect a focus on black-owned businesses.

Customers will now find offerings from Royally Baked, The Fattened Caf, Patty’s Cheesecakes, Bold Spoon Creamery, Cathy’s Kitchen and Ms. Piggies’ Smokehouse at select Schnucks locations.

“At Schnucks, we’re committed to supporting our neighboring restaurants at a time when many are struggling because of pandemic restrictions on space and occupancy,” said Specialty Deli Category Manager Andy DeCou, adding that he was inspired by an article highlighting black-owned restaurants in Feast, a local food magazine. After reading it, he said, “we called these restaurateurs and invited them to sell their unique offerings in our stores.”

Bold Spoon Creamery founder and owner Rachel Burns said this new partnership is a great opportunity for her small business. “As a St. Louis native, I’ve been coming to Schnucks my entire life. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Schnucks, a local business that shares our mission of supporting other local businesses,” Burns said. “We use local ingredients in all of our ice cream so this partnership not only helps us, but many other local businesses just like ours as well.”

Burns also noted that like Schnucks, Bold Spoon Creamery is a family-owned business that she operates along with her husband, Corey Wilkinson; son, Harrison Burns; and brother, Brad Burns.

More restaurant meals will be added to the stores, and an updated list is available at the Local Grab and Go page on Schnucks’ website.

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