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“Amazing quality, fantastic prices, satisfaction guaranteed.” So says one of many signs that hang in the Save A Lot grocery store on Fluvanna Ave. It’s a motto that owner Dave Waller strives to live by, both at this store, and at the new one that will open on July 15 in Lakewood.
“I lived in Ashville…and there was nothing over on that side of town. You had to drive almost to Jamestown to get to a supermarket,” Dave spoke of his motivations to open the new store. “After living out there, I always felt this would be a great location for a store.”
Dave didn’t always live in Ashville, but he has always worked in a grocery store. “When I was 16-years-old I started stocking shelves at Super Duper,” he said. The present day Save A Lot used to be a Super Duper store, a prevalent chain across Pennsylvania and New York in the 80s and 90s.
It was in Waterford, PA that Dave got his start as a stock boy. The teenager slowly grew and worked his way up to a meat cutter, and then became the manager of the meat department. In 1985, he was transferred to the Jamestown location, and in 1999 he opened the first Farm Fresh Foods.
A second Farm Fresh was soon to follow, and in 2011, Dave and his partner Steve Senske, with whom he managed the two stores, decided they could each take over one store. So Steve kept the Farm Fresh location on W. 3rd St., and Dave turned the store on Fluvanna into a Save A Lot.
“I always have liked the idea of the Save A Lot business motto,” Dave explained. “It’s a limited assortment, deep discount grocery store. I thought it would be a good fit for the Jamestown area.”
Save A Lot does not overstock their shelves, so merchandise goes in and out quickly. Because of that, they can keep their prices significantly lower than the competition. Unlike some other discount grocery stores, they also have a fresh cut meat department, an area that Dave is very passionate about.
“I hope to be able to spend more time cutting meat,” Dave mused. “Because that’s where my background was.” After 34 years in the grocery business, his favorite thing to do is still to cut meat. “I don’t even know why,” he shrugged. “I’ve just always enjoyed it.”
With a full staff set up at both of the Save A Lot locations, Dave is optimistic that he will be able to pursue his passion in the meat department. But he has kept pretty busy getting everything ready to go for the upcoming grand opening.
“We had to take that old building and update everything to be able to handle a modern supermarket,” he explained. The location, which coincidentally used to be a Super Duper, has had several businesses in and out of it over the past years, and was in desperate need of renovation.
The new store is set to officially open with a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. There will be giveaways to commemorate the opening day. It will be located in the plaza in Lakewood by the movie theater.
“With the success of this store, I thought that area would be another great location,” Dave said. Although he wasn’t born and raised here, he has a heart for the Jamestown area and the people here. “Since I moved up here I always loved the area; I love the lake, and the countryside, and the people are great here, so I didn’t see any reason to leave.”
So he didn’t leave; he stayed and built up the grocery store business to make sure that everyone in the greater Jamestown area had a fully stocked grocery store, with a meat department of course.
Save A Lot is located at 194 Fluvanna Ave in Jamestown, with the second store opening in the plaza next to Lakewood Cinema 8. Both stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. To reach them by phone, call 716-664-3886.
The Jamestown Gazette is proud to recognize our dealers, outstanding corporate citizens of our county. This week, the Gazette especially thanks Save A Lot for faithfully carrying The Jamestown Gazette, The People’s Paper, for the benefit of their customers, our readers.