As your Alderman, I’m fortunate to have close relationships with many of you. For years, one of the most common questions I’d hear is, “When are we going to get a new grocery store in the vacant Foodland property?” After finally announcing a plans for a new grocery store last month, that question has now been replaced by “Why Save-A- Lot?”

When Green Street Development purchased the Foodland site, they had many conversations with area grocers such as Schnucks, Whole Foods, Save-A- Lot and Trader Joe’s. Truth be

told, I was optimistic about the process, but remained realistic about its chances. You see, it’s been a tough, five-year-long battle to bring this long-vacant Foodland property back to life. Over the years, I’ve worked with multiple developers and the St. Louis Devel- opment Corporation to attract ma- jor retailers to this location – until now, every attempt fell short.

So, I was nothing but ecstatic when I heard that Save-A-Lot, in the midst of this difficult economy, had decided to open a store in our neighborhood. For those unfamil- iar with it, Save-A-Lot is an afford- able, high-quality, national brand headquartered in nearby Earth City, Missouri. I recently visited their new market in Bridgeton, a store very similar to the one that will open in our neighborhood this winter. I was impressed with the clean aisles, brightness of the store,

diversity of the staff and the wide array of products available. I’d en- courage you to visit this store, see what you think and share your feedback with me at Tri- plettK@stlouiscity.com

At the end of the day, the fresh gro- ceries and refreshing prices at Save -A-Lot make a great match for our diverse community. The owners of this new prominent store, assure our community that this will be a model grocery. I have no doubt that some local residents will buy all of their weekly groceries at Save-A- Lot. Others, I’m sure, might not shop there as often, but will be grateful that they can now make a quick run to the store when they discover they’re unexpectedly out of milk. At the end of the day, it’s a great step toward creating a better community for all of us – and I am so pleased to have partners like Save-A-Lot and Green Street De- velopment helping us along our way.

By: Kacie Starr Triplett