Grocer made a significant investment in Los Banos community

(Los Banos —May 24, 2017) After months of construction, company officials and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of the new Save Mart store at 1400 Mercey Springs Road in Los Banos Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This is the seventh store under the Save Mart banner to incorporate the brand’s fresh, updated look and the new features geared toward convenience and service.

“We’ve enjoyed being part of this community since 1987. What a great way to celebrate three decades here … by opening a brand new store,” said Store Manager George Bettencourt, who leads a team of 101 employees. 33 positions were created as a result of the bigger store, which is 52,000 square feet. The old location closed Sunday with all workers transferring to the new location across the street on Monday morning.

Among the new offerings of the Los Banos 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, fresh salsa & guacamole
  • Specialty sandwiches
  • Salad and soup bar
  • In-store grill for hassle-free barbecues – Shoppers pick what’s for lunch or dinner and we’ll grill it for you!
  • Bigger produce department with expanded organic selection
  • Larger floral department
  • Expanded selection of natural, organic & bulk foods
  • Café seating with Wifi
  • Self-checkout lanes
  • Pharmacy

To reinforce Save Mart’s commitment to the community, Pacheco and Los Banos High each received a $500 donation. And the Sportsman’s Club and Golden Agers, both long-time Save Mart shoppers, each received a $500 gift card. All year long, the store donates up to 3% of its profits to nearly 100 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.

For media questions, please contact Nannette Miranda at 925-833-6136.

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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs nearly 16,000 team members and operates 207 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company visit: