Save-A-Lot opens distribution center

ST. LOUIS Supervalu subsidiary and hard-discount grocery retailer Save-A-Lot will open a new distribution center in North Carolina.

The retailer said its 325,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Lexington, N.C., is scheduled to open in December 2011. The new building will be a state-of-the-art food distribution center utilizing the latest in green technologies, including lights that only operate when a person is present and an HVAC system that uses smart thermostats, Save-A-Lot said.

“The Lexington distribution center will enable us to serve our current stores more efficiently and at the same time, grow our business in the region,” said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO.

Save-A-Lot operates approximately 1,200 stores in 39 states, and said it plans to double the number of stores it operates nationally over the next five years.