Grocer made a significant investment in Ceres community
(Ceres — June 28, 2017) After months of construction, company officials and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of the new Save Mart store at 2920 Whitmore Avenue in Ceres Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This is the eighth store under the Save Mart banner to incorporate the brand’s fresh, updated look and the new features geared toward convenience and service.
“We’re excited about making such a big investment to the area. We’re bringing the best of what Save Mart has to offer, and shoppers will see a noticeable difference,” said Store Manager Donna Lambert, who leads a team of 74 employees. 28 positions were created as a result of the bigger store, which stands as just over 43,000 square feet. That’s 15,000 square feet bigger. The old location, which opened July 9, 1980, closed Sunday with all workers transferring to the new location right next door on Monday morning.
Among the new offerings of the Ceres store:
- Burrito/taco/nacho bar with tortillas made fresh in the store
- A “Valley Fresco” area with vegetable/fruit-infused water, fresh juice bar, smoothies, fresh-cut produce
- Specialty sandwiches
- Soup bar
- In-store grill for hassle-free barbecues – you buy it; we grill it for you!
- Bigger produce department with expanded organic selection
- Larger floral department
- Expanded selection of natural, organic & bulk foods
- Café seating
- Self-checkout lanes
To reinforce Save Mart’s commitment to the community, Ag Boosters of Ceres & the Ceres Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation each received a $500 donation. And Ceres Christian Church & the Salvation Army each received a $500 gift card. All year long, the store donates up to 3% of its sales from Shares member purchases to more than 160 local schools and charities through its Shares powered by eScrip program. Shoppers who sign up for it can designate which non-profits will receive monthly donations.
Save Mart also presented local resident Sheryl Trout the clock that hung in the old store for decades. Her father built and hand-painted it in the early 1980’s. Sheryl requested that she be able to have it to keep as a family memento.
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