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NEW GROCERY STORE IS PLANNED INSIDE THE BROADWAY MARKET

Just when it seemed like the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood had lost its only supermarket, there is news of an even larger store coming in.

City Hall announced plans Tuesday for a new Save A Lot grocery store inside the Broadway Market.

Fillmore Council Member David Franczyk said the new store will be bigger than the 10,000-square-foot store operated by Tops Markets.

The new store is expected to open by April 1, just in time for the traditional crunch of Easter shoppers at the Broadway Market.

Franczyk said the store will be part of the Save A Lot supermarket chain, which is based in St. Louis and has a reputation for low prices.

"I'm familiar with them," Council President James W. Pitts said, "and I think it's an excellent store."

To help with the expansion, the city will contribute about $250,000 to the project. The work will include a new parking lot on Gibson Street.

The loss of Tops became a concern for city officials because it was the only outlet for non-specialty groceries in the neighborhood.

Broadway Market executives claim the effort to keep Tops broke down when the supermarket chain demanded a dramatic cut in its rent.

Franczyk said the Save A Lot chain plans to expand its market beyond the immediate neighborhood and will offer a wide variety of goods and products.

The new store will occupy about 14,000 square feet of space, nearly 50 percent more than the current Tops store.

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