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Laguna Save Mart Closes Permanently, Ahead of Schedule

The Elk Grove grocery store closed its doors this week.

The on Laguna Boulevard is now permanently closed, five days earlier than was originally planned.

The grocery store at 7707 Laguna Blvd. closed its doors for the last time at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a sign posted on its door.

Elk Grove resident Susan Wilson and her husband tried to visit the store Thursday, but turned away when they saw the notice.

"I think it's really sad," Wilson said. "We used it a lot. ... It was a lot more reasonable than some of the other stores around here."

The pair said they would probably shop at WinCo now.

The closure was earlier than expected; .

"Unfortunately, the failing economy and the competition from other retailers have kept this store from performing at the level required to sustain it," Vice President of Save Mart Operations Ed Popke said in a written statement on May 29.

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Did you shop at this Save Mart? Where will you shop now? Tell us in the comments section below.

Bwood June 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
On a related note, Walmart, according to employees I have talked to, is going to open a groceries-only facility in the old Gottschalks building on Elk Grove Blvd. Ideally, I've been told, they would like to open around Thanksgiving. This makes sense since the new Walmart store at Bruceville and Whitelock will have a 'limited' grocery selection. If it's like other facilities of it's type, it would be called Walmart Market. This is currently all hearsay, so somebody please either confirm or correct this news.
MichaelTiffany Cheshire June 15, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Please Don't Waste your time in shopping @ Winco or WalMart Market! Just drive the Extra 1/2 Mile to Save-Mart On Bond Rd and E.G. Florin Road ! Same Great Save Mart and if they don't have what your looking for, Tell an employee and it will be there on the next daily shipment ! Great Customer Service ! and very Knowledgeable employees, old school environment, I have yet to find a Grocery Store so down to Earth and friendly! Thanx for reading
Bwood June 15, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Actually, Michael, it's more like 3.1 miles from the Laguna Save Mart to the Save Mart on Elk Grove Florin Road. Personally, I've been wasting a lot of time at those "other" stores after experiencing Save Mart's prices ….
P. Leslie June 15, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Classic loss prevention move, and an insult to ,friendly, hardworking employees and their customers.
MichaelTiffany Cheshire June 15, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Quality over Quantity ! Cleanliness Knowledge ? Really How much does Winco have over SaveMart ? 3.1 Miles not a Really Long Drive lol So How about Quality ? Cleanliness? So if you wanted to protect and want your car to run pretty much forever, Would you shop ( or put) Let's say AM/PM 87 Octane WalMart/ Winco? or SaveMart, (91 Octane SHELL) in Your car? SaveMart has Bel Air Quality With close to Winco Prices , Especially in this economy! Plus they are Union with knowledgeable employees and friendly !! Everybody has to buy groceries so why would you settle for out of date half the time spoiled Meat products, wilted Produce, when you could drive the mear 3.1 miles as specifically stated for the above stated. and on another note, I have been following the Grocery status in Elk Grove, and since as a Wildland firefighter, I have nothing better to do other then Save lives, fight fires , and worry about the future of our groceries lol the Entire shopping center from Target to Leslie's Pools have been bought out by a foreign company and raised the rental amounts ! ( Pure Rumor) ( In this economy ! ) shame on them !! in time all those stores will be demolished as half the strip Malls in Elk Grove have met their demise ! very sad
MichaelTiffany Cheshire June 15, 2012 at 04:36 AM
And I do know , NONE of their ( Laguna Emloyees ) have lost their jobs, ALL have been absorbed into other Stores so blessed this information has been!
Bwood June 15, 2012 at 01:44 PM
As I see it, you have one other thing to worry about Michael, becoming a grocery snob.
Rico June 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Didn't I see Michael on an episode of Portlandia wondering "how much range" his free range chickens actually got? Did they get to make friends with other chickens? Did they have a relationship with the farmer? Were they given names? Put a bird on it and chill Michael...it's groceries....
ylg June 19, 2012 at 07:33 AM
I switched from Save Mart to Bel Air on Laguna a couple of years ago. It's just more brighter, and newer looking, especially after their remodel. I like the produce and meat sections better at Bel Air also, even if it's a little more. I must say though, the employees at Save Mart were great. I wish them all well.

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