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Schnucks Ends Eatwell Experiment

Regional grocer closing two natural-foods stores in Missouri




Photo: Courtesy of Schnucks

Schnuck Markets Inc. (St. Louis) announced it is shuttering its Eatwell Market banner, which operated stores in Columbia and Chesterfield, Mo.

The 41,700-square-foot Columbia location will soon begin converting to a traditional Schnucks store, with completion scheduled for this summer. Schnucks acquired the store from Lucky’s in bankruptcy and opened it in 2020. All of the store’s teammates will remain employed at the location during and after the conversion.

The 30,200-square-foot Chesterfield location will permanently close June 2. All of the year-old location’s 40 teammates will be transferred to nearby St. Louis-area Schnucks stores.

“As a company, we embrace trying new things and learning from our experiences to improve future store designs, operations, merchandising and marketing,” said Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck. “Our teams at each Eatwell Market put their best foot forward to nourish the lives of their customers – making this a decision that was not made lightly.

“However, after significant analysis and evaluation of what we could do to make each store more successful during current economic conditions, we concluded the most prudent path forward would be the discontinuation of the Eatwell banner.”

In addition to offering natural food items, the Eatwell Market banner focused heavily on organic, local and specialty items. Following the Chesterfield store’s closure, Schnucks will operate 114 stores.




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