Save-A-Lot Wrapping Up Grocery Chain’s HQ Move to Former Northwest Plaza Mall

By on December 5, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  A former department store in what was once touted as the world’s largest shopping mall has been transformed into a sleek, modern office space to house more than 500 corporate employees of national grocery chain Save-A-Lot.

By next week, Save-A-Lot officials say the company should be finished moving from its old corporate headquarters in Earth City to its leased space in the former Northwest Plaza mall, now known as the Crossings at Northwest.

What had been a dead mall four years ago now boasts a third major office employer, with Save-A-Lot joining Charter Communications and St. Louis County government and election board offices in the space behind a Menard’s hardware store that opened in 2015. Taxpayers helped the $106 million redevelopment with $7.4 million in Missouri brownfield cleanup tax credits, $33 million in tax-increment financing from St. Ann and nearly $30 million worth of federal New Markets tax credits.

Save-A-Lot’s new 162,000-square-foot space will house a test kitchen, blind taste-testing booths and a miniature mock-up of a Save-A-Lot store to create marketing materials and test new equipment and product layout concepts.

The $20 million build-out — $8 million from the company and $12 million from the building’s owner — began in April, when Save-A-Lot signed the lease.

The new space is larger than the 130,000-square-foot Earth City headquarters it has occupied since the ’90s, but the ability to build out both employee amenities, such as a gym and lounge, along with the test spaces was “one of the main reasons we were moving,” Save-A-Lot Chief Investment Officer Kevin Proctor said.

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