Leevers Supermarkets has completed a $2 million renovation of 17 Save A Lot stores it has acquired in the Philadelphia region, bringing a fresh look and an easier-to-shop experience to the discounter.
As reported previously, family-owned Leevers took over the stores earlier this year as part of Save A Lot’s move to relicense former corporate-owned stores to independent owners. Leevers is based in Colorado, where it operates several high-volume Save A Lot stores. Save A Lot’s St. Louis-based parent, Moran Foods, is servicing the stores as a wholesaler and marketing partner.
The following photos, shot as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 7 at the M Street store in Northeast Philadelphia, come courtesy of the retailer.
The acquisition gave Leevers control of 17 of the 35 stores in the region.
“The Leevers team is committed to ensuring our Philadelphia neighbors have a wonderful and revitalized shopping experience, no matter what Save A Lot they go to around the city,” Leevers President Gabe Disbrow said. “Our decision to move into the Philadelphia market really represented the opportunity for us to do what we do best—reinvest to serve communities with exceptional shopping experiences, cater our store offering to the needs of the local communities and establish employee ownership to ensure that everyone working for us is rewarded for their commitment to the neighborhoods they serve every day.”
Customers entering the remodeled stores will notice a lighter, brighter and easier-to-shop footprint that includes new décor, shorter aisles, updated dairy and meat cases and new exterior paint and signage. The store fully reflects Save A Lot’s new brand image, providing a fresh look and enhanced functionality, while continuing to serve as Philadelphia’s hometown grocer with quality and value consumers have come to expect.
To commemorate the investment in the Philadelphia market, the Leevers team held ribbon cutting on Oct. 7, followed by an afternoon of celebrating, including a free reusable tote bag, t-shirt, two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola and a $10 Save a Lot gift card for the first 100 customers at all the renovated units.
In addition, these stores will be running an in-store and online sweepstakes to give away TV’s, bikes, gaming systems and much more over the coming weeks.
“The Leevers team are exceptional partners, and we’re thrilled to see the commitment they’ve made immediately to providing Save A Lot customers across the Philadelphia area with top-notch service and an upgraded shopping experience,” said Craig Herkert, interim CEO of Save A Lot. “John Leevers and his team’s investment in the Philadelphia market will have a profound impact on how customers enjoy the Save A Lot experience while continuing to provide unmatched value and quality.”
The remodel is part of the brand’s recently announced modernization efforts in stores across the country and, according to the company, reflects Save A Lot’s continued mission and commitment to its local communities, providing value, quality products and neighborhood support.
As part of the new initiative, the company is working with its independent license owners to remodel a third of its fleet in 2021 with plans to remodel all stores by 2024. The new store design features a contemporary evolution of the brand inspired by customer and employee feedback. Each store will feature a strong assortment of regional products to better serve customers in meaningful ways.
Save A Lot focuses on offering everyday low prices on private label brands as well as national brand products, USDA-inspected meat cut-fresh in store, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and other non-food items.