The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating South Carolina’s first Save-a-Lot Food Store, at 2016 Harden St. in Columbia, May 6 at 9:30 a.m., thanks to efforts on the Columbia Housing Authority’s behalf.
With 20,000 square feet, the new store, located in the Celia Saxon Shopping Center, was built by Columbia Housing Authority as part of a $50 million revitalization program partly funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Owner Honor Capital LLC will open its newest grocery in a focused effort to bring fresh food to underserved communities. A veteran-owned and operated business, the company’s mission is to provide opportunities for veterans to serve their communities as business leaders following their military careers.
Hence, the state’s first Save-a-Lot owner is Marcus Scarborough, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, former Navy Lieutenant and Richland native.
“It’s great … to be back in Columbia,” Scarborough said. “I am pleased that so many things are happening in downtown, and Honor Capital is excited to be a part of that growth.”
One of the nation’s leading extreme-value grocery chains, Save-a-Lot offers steep savings on groceries, approaching as much as a 40 percent discount off average retail prices.
“This is a great partnership that will be good for Columbia,” Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Gilbert Walker said.
Following the ceremony, the store’s business hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.