CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The Save A Lot grocery store, located at 19100 E. 15 Mile Rd, has a hand written sign attached to the front door that states “Save A Lot Closed”. The store closed it’s doors on Wednesday June 24th, 2020. This is yet another blow to the south end of Clinton Township.
The grocery store was a go to place for many who have limited income or limited transportation who reside in the area. Unless another grocery store opens near 15 Mile Rd and Groesbeck Hwy, those who had shopped at Save-A-Lot will need to go to Aldi on Gratiot Ave south of 15 Mile for discounted groceries.
The south end of Clinton Township is really seeing a decline of the area. Kmart is closed and has been for some time. Now Save A Lot across from the vacant building that was KMart is going to be another vacant space. Parkway Plaza is sitting in limbo after it was announced that the space was set to be redone and reconfigured. Several retail spaces in the south end of Clinton Township are empty and looking very seedy. A good example of this is the Regional Shopping Center located at the corner of Gratiot Ave and 15 Mile Rd. This property has multiple empty retail spaces. Residents are not happy about this one bit. They have been complaining on online. Their frustrations are evident that other areas of Clinton Township have seen major growth but the south end continues to head in the opposite direction.
While in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot, there was car after car that obviously came to shop at the store and were shocked to see that it has permanently closed. There has been no real understanding of why this grocery store has closed its doors for good. One woman asked what was going on. She was told that the store was closed permanently. At first the information confused her then she asked like many others have, “What the hell is going on?”
Based on available information, this Save-A-Lot had previously been operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc., a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest grocery retailing companies in the United States. At the time Save-A-Lot had more than 1,100 stores in 33 states.
Supervalu sold Save A Lot in 2016 to the private equity firm Onex Corp. in a $1.4 billion deal. Save-A-Lot is trying to offload $400 million in debt. In January of 2020, Save-A-Lot made an agreement with the majority of its lenders to help reduce the huge in debt.
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