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At the Schnucks Downtown store, upgrades include expanded meat and seafood cases, new produce cases, self-checkouts and a self-service coffee bar.

Schnuck Markets zeroes in on fresh food, convenience in St. Louis remodels

Ground-breaking ‘Culinaria’ store being renamed ‘Schnucks Downtown’

Schnuck Markets is wrapping up remodels of two stores in the downtown and Central West End areas of St. Louis that will bring expanded fresh and prepared foods plus more self-service options.

Schnucks said Friday its “Culinaria” store at 315 North 9th St. in downtown St. Louis will be rebannered as “Schnucks Downtown.” Upgrades include a new sign and décor package, new and expanded meat and seafood cases, new produce cases and an enlarged grocery selection. Also being installed are self-checkouts and a new self-service Kaldi’s Coffee bar.

In addition, starting on Nov. 30, store hours will be extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, giving shoppers two more hours on Saturday and Sunday. Schnucks said that, with the name change, the company’s St. Louis metro weekly ad pricing will be offered at the Schnucks Downtown location beginning on Dec. 2.

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Additions in the Schnucks Lindell store include a service counter in the meat department.

Schnucks launched the Culinaria small urban store concept in August 2009. The two-level location, totaling about 27,000 square feet of retail space, featured a full grocery shopping experience but with a heavy emphasis on prepared foods, including hot food bars and other grab-and-go offerings. The store also offered Culinaria-brand products plus culinary education elements.

“We are constantly evaluating each of our stores and the communities we serve, and are excited to bring our St. Louis City customers newly remodeled supermarkets at each of these locations,” Schnucks Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck said in a statement.

The Central West End Schnucks store, located at 4171 Lindell Blvd., also will be getting a new décor package and enhanced deli department. The latter will include an expanded hot food selection, such as pizza, plus a new grab-and-go section and a new cheese island offering greater variety, Schnucks said. Other additions include a service meat counter in the meat department, fresh sushi in the seafood department and more self-checkout stations.

In support of the upgraded stores, customers at those locations can earn double Schnucks Rewards points for all purchases made from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, according to St. Louis-based Schnucks.

“As the only traditional grocer serving St. Louis City, we will continue to nourish the lives of these customers and invest in our many stores in the city, where our company was founded by my grandmother more than 80 years ago,” Schnuck added.

Overall, Schnuck Markets operates 112 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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