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Auburn Gresham’s Save-A-Lot To Close Feb. 22, But Alderman Wants To Stop It

The discount supermarket blamed the decision on failing to meet sales quotas, said Ald. David Moore.

The Save-A-Lot market in Auburn Gresham will be closing its doors at the end of the month, according to Ald. David Moore.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — Another big retailer is pulling out of of the Southwest Side.

Discount supermarket chain Save-A-Lot is closing its location at 7908 S. Halsted St. in Auburn Gresham on Feb. 22, citing inventory shrinkage and unmet sales quotas, said Ald. David Moore (17th), who said he got the news from a regional manager Tuesday.

Moore announced on Facebook Thursday morning he will do whatever he can to stop the supermarket from leaving, adding he’s requested a community meeting between residents and Save-A-Lot representatives.

“We are already in need of additional stores in the community and this will further devastate the Auburn Gresham community,” wrote Moore.

Moore also reached out to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who told the alderman she and her team would work to address the matter “in short order,” he said.

“I’m thankful for her prompt reply and look forward to an action plan to address the closing, and a development plan for the 79th and Halsted Corridor, which is a focus of the Mayor’s Invest South/West Community Development Initiative,” Moore wrote.

The alderman ended the message with an update about the pending CVS and Bank of America closures, telling followers he is still in conversations with stakeholders and grocers to find replacements.

Neither Moore nor Save-A-Lot could be reached for comment.

This is the second local Save-A-Lot closing in five years. A Bridgeport location was shuttered in 2015.

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