Save-A-Lot scheduled to open Wednesday

Monday, December 16, 2013 | 5:38 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — After about six months of renovations, the Save-A-Lot grocery store, occupying the former Eastgate Foods site on Broadway, is set to open Wednesday.

Kevin Prenger, who co-owns the store with his brother, Rick, said getting the site ready for opening day required extensive construction.

"We gutted the whole place and put in new everything — fridges, freezers and shelves," Prenger said.   

The store on the corner of East Broadway and Old 63 has new registers, a white tile floor and red signs advertising the store's discount prices. On Monday, shelves were already stocked with food.

Prenger said nearby housing and schools were factors in selecting the location for the store and that a college town such as Columbia has the right demographic for this kind of store to survive.

"We did a market analysis on it and found it to be profitable," Prenger said.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.



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