Save-A-Lot celebrates 10 years of bringing low prices to Sparta

Posted By | December 19, 2006 12:00 am

Missy Jones
Save-A-Lot opened for business 10 years ago and has experienced success and stability thanks to the company philosophy of low pricing, clean stores and friendly service.
To celebrate the store’s 10-year success and to show appreciation to their loyal customers, Save-A-Lot is giving away a Magnavox television to one lucky winner.
Drop in and enter the contest. The drawing will be Dec. 23, 2006.
According to store manager Mike Thorne, Save-A-Lot typically likes to move into smaller communities where they can have a big impact by offering a good product at a great price.
The corporation prides itself on incredible buying power, self-distribution, low overhead and inventory, efficient use of labor and efficient merchandising.
The company boasts that customers can save up to 40 percent compared to traditional stores. And because the average store is one-half the size of a conventional store, the customer saves time and energy and can get in and out quickly.
The Sparta location opened Dec. 20, 1996, and thanks to proper management and a hometown feel, the store has been a success. Charles Spakes was the original manager and retired in 2001. Thorne took over the helm at that time and is still going strong.
“We know most of our customers, and the employees are like family,” said Thorne.
“Everyone works together.
The Sparta store has 17 employees, including two who have been with the store since the doors opened, Jo Thompson and Thorne. Two other original members retired in 2006, Illa Shockley and John O’Connor.
Thorne has two assistant managers, Steve Wilkerson and Jennifer Neal. Sandy Neal serves as office manager.
“Thanks to all of our enthusiastic, conscientious, productive and loyal employees who always strive to work as a team,” said Thorne.
“Thanks to all our customers for their loyal support.”

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