Despite the small army of customers lamenting the planned closing of the Omaha Super Saver grocery store, there’s no indication that it will reopen in another spot.
The supermarket at 5710 S. 144th St. announced to its Facebook followers a week ago that it was shutting down (by April), following a 20-year-run at the Millard area location.
Marty Jarvis, spokesman for B&R Stores Inc. of Lincoln, said the company and its St. Louis-based landlord were unable to come to terms on a lease renewal for the 83,000-square-foot property.
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He said it was “humbling” to hear from devoted customers — a few hundred have engaged on social media. Shoppers recounted memories of the store’s happy employees, its smoke house and meat sales.
Many questioned why the store wouldn’t relocate elsewhere and even suggested alternative sites.
Said Jarvis: “We’re always looking for opportunities, but there is nothing immediate out there.”
According to the B&R website, the employee-owned corporation owns 20 stores (including Russ’s and Apple markets) in seven cities across Nebraska and Iowa and employs more than 2,000 people. Jarvis said the Council Bluffs Super Saver will remain open.
The Millard area store has started discounting items as operations wind down. Jarvis said it would close by April 1.