Save-A-Lot Comes to San Antonio

Jul 14, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The Spurs may not have succeeded in getting Jason Kidd to leave New Jersey
and join their championship team in San Antonio, but another non-native is making
the move to the home of the Alamo to compete.

St. Louis-based food retailer Save-A-Lot is coming to Texas after Ahrens Foods
signed a licensing agreement to operate stores under its banner.

The new Save-A-Lot stores come into a market dominated by H.E. Butt. Six stores
are currently planned for the San Antonio market.

The first, a 16,000 square foot store, will open in a former Handy Andy location.

Moderator’s Comment: Are Save-A-Lot’s prospects in
San Antonio any better or worse than other grocery operators that have gone
up against H-E-B in the past? Please explain.

Ahrens sees an opportunity for the Save-A-Lot format to
fill a need not being served by H-E-B. Kroger, Albertsons and Handy Andy were
all grocery operations who thought they had a place in San Antonio also.

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