St. Louis-based supermarket chain Schnuck Markets has started the process of closing and re-opening nine of the stores it acquired last month from Kirkwood-based grocer Shop ‘n Save.
Starting Sunday with three stores, Schnucks is closing nine locations for 2 ½ days to change the stores’ point-of-sale systems, switch out signs and restock merchandise.
The nine stores undergoing the change this week were part of a 19-store deal between Schnucks and Shop ‘n Save. The schedule for switching over the other 10 stores will be announced soon, Schnucks said.
Seventeen other Shop ‘n Save stores in the St. Louis area were not part of the sale to Schnucks, and their fate remains uncertain. The stores remain open for now, but Shop ‘n Save parent Supervalu has said they will be shuttered by mid-November if no buyer emerges for them.