Save Mart on Laguna Boulevard will Close June 18

The store in Elk Grove will close next month.

A major grocery store in Elk Grove is closing next month due to economic challenges and competition from other retailers.

The at 7707 Laguna Blvd. will close on June 18, the company said Wednesday.

"Save Mart Supermarkets closes a store only after exploring all other options but unfortunately, this store has not been able to effectively compete in this difficult economic climate," Vice President of Save Mart Operations Ed Popke said in a written statement dated May 29. "Unfortunately, the failing economy and the competition from other retailers have kept this store from performing at the level required to sustain it."

Popke called the move a "difficult business decision," and said the chain was "working closely with union representatives to assist [its] employees through this store closure."

Elk Grove shoppers, what do you think of this move? Do you visit the store often? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments section below.

Think Free May 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
This is too bad, The coffee in the bulk section is great. I only shop there though if I miss something at the cheaper stores but the staff was always friendly and it did not feel as if I was shopping in the ghetto.
Nina May 30, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Ditto Todd My husband and I have been regulars from opening. The staff was ALWAYS very friendly! Some of them working there for YEARS. So unfortunate, we hope they're able to be relocated to other local stores. Elk-Grove Florin perhaps??
Shirley Lee May 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
This is horrible and it saddens me that such great people that work there will be losing their jobs. Their employees are the best. It is nice to go into the store where the employees know you by name and ask how the family is doing. This store and its employees will be greatly missed Shirley L.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Nina and Shirley, did either of you have a favorite employee at the store?
Eileen Mahoney May 31, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Save Mart has become our "neighborhood" grocery store for major food runs. Target prices on milk, bread, eggs are often lower though, so I can see why the competition is hard on them. I hope another grocery store goes in there!
John Keller May 31, 2012 at 04:46 AM
My pharmacy is here. I always come to this store when I need something quick because it's so close to my house.
Bwood May 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Compared to other stores, the prices were too high. Maybe they can put a THIRD baby store there to go with the other two next door ….
Teresa May 31, 2012 at 03:52 PM
That store never worked for me. Really expensive and the parking lot is a nightmare.
Joan R. May 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It has been MY store for fifteen years, through Ralph's, Lucky, Albertson's, and now Sav Mart. I live south of E.G Blvd, east of Bruceville, and now that the Bel Air has closed, that leaves me with no major store nearby. Guess that leaves me Nugget and Trader Joe's, but there was a much greater selection at Sav Mart. I will be sorry to see it go. I may be forced to shop at the new Walmart just because it's close.
Tom Brown June 01, 2012 at 02:26 AM
How can this one not compete but the one on Bond & Elk Grove Florin, that seldom has more than 1 check stand open can?
Joe June 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
We shopped this store primarily. There would occasionally be expired product on the shelves so we would always check dates and shop from the back of the shelf. I think the bottom line is one word, "UNION".
LINDA J. SMITH June 02, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Will B. Good June 03, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Mr. Elving, As part of the 'Occupy Elk Grove" movement your comments have an air of moral superiority. I guess your reference to cheaper "ghetto" stores is aimed at shoppers from Sacramento who frequent Winco. If they aren't part of the 99 percent, I don't know who is. Furthermore, the term "ghetto" has certain racial undertones. Good luck with this racist class rhetoric if you in do in fact run for office in 2014.
Nick Vermont June 04, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Chances are the lease has a lot more time to run.
Jeffrey Edom June 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yep joe, it's the evil union... That's what it must be, after all there couldn't be any other factors in play here.
TFS June 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I liked the Store, and it's sales were great. Most of the staff were friendly & courteous, a few did strike me that they weren't. They were pretty well rounded in offering general grocery, fresh deli, produce, meat, frozen, deli & dairy, bakery, specialty food & general merchandise product. It was convenient as to proximity where I live, But a bargain & a cheaper price is what the public wants & what I seek for during these tough times. No doubt there was areas for improvement. I was a Union member, a journeyman retail grocer clerk/Night Crew Manager in the Bay Area. It isn't always the store, its the economy and/or the corporation. A store has to be able to operate profitably, that's hard to accomplish in a declining economy where wages are falling or stagnant, & prices keep going up, & huge discounts have to be made through loss leaders to draw enough people in to shop & spend, when larger Box stores can offer bigger discounts through bulk purchasing. The buying public is diminishing or those who can afford are tightening their belts & holding on to their money, just in case. Although I was shorted by my Union & lost 7, almost 8 years of pension service, I still feel for my working Union brothers & sisters who during this time have to experience a store closure amidst difficult economic times. Good luck to you all, and hope you can stay employed. Good luck on your contract negotiations.
TFS June 15, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Stop blaming the 'Union'(s). Union members aren't lazy. There are millions of non-union personnel, staff, & employees of companies that are non-union, and you don' think that they aren't lazy. Gee gads, then you're ignorant. I have worked but Union & Non-Union shops, employers, businesses, and came across just as many 'lazy' non-union workers as there are Union ones. Quit blaming the Unions. If a person is lazy, they are plain lazy. Don't blame the clerks for not rotating properly. Blame the Managers & Head Clerks in charge of the restocking clerks. It's their duty to oversee & are responsible for making sure this is properly done - pull the old stock out first towards the front of the shelf, then stock towards the back. But then you as a customer would probably wind up picking from the back knowing this and leaving the older stuff for the next unaware customer, right?? I know, I was a clerk, stocker, & night manager for quite some time.


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