With recent news that the County Market in Bowling Green is being converted to a Save-A-Lot location, many Vandalia area residents were curious to know what the future holds for the Niemann Foods location in Vandalia. Niemann Foods spokesperson Gerry Kettler has since confirmed that there are no similar plans for the Vandalia store.
“(The change) only affects Bowling Green,” Kettler noted. “There are no plans whatsoever (for Vandalia).”
As of this past Tuesday, the Bowling Green location closed its doors and are not expected to re-open until mid-December, this according to a story first published by the Bowling Green Times.
Save-A-Lot grocery is headquartered in Earth City, Mo., and has more than 1,300 locations in 36 states, including locations in Hannibal and Quincy.
In an interview with the Bowling Green Times, Kettler said that the discussions of converting the County Market location in Bowling Green to a Save-A-Lot began in earnest more than a year ago.
“We always want to be relevant to the communities that we serve,” Kettler said. “So as we began discussing this, we devoted an entire team of people to researching this and evaluating how best we can serve the Bowling Green community.”
The Louisiana location of County Market is also unaffected by the conversion of the Bowling Green store.
The pharmacy will also be apart of the Save-A-Lot plans.
Meanwhile, the deli and custom bakery will not re-open at the location.
Employees at the Bowling Green location were notified of the impending change during a staff meeting on Thursday, October 5.
-Ethan Colbert, of the Bowling Green Times, contributed to this article.