Second Grocery Store Coming to Havre de Grace

Save-a-Lot will return after departing approximately 15 months ago.

Save-a-Lot is returning to Havre de Grace.

The grocery store chain, which , is opening a new store at the location of the former Acme at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Lewis Lane.

The store could open this spring, though , manager of economic development for , said there is no timetable for an opening.

There's also no set number of jobs coming to the store, but Simmons said the previous Save-a-Lot employed 14 people.

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The entire shopping center is owned by The Cordish Companies. The store will be owned by Mario Incollingo, who also operates the Egg Harbor Market in Egg Harbor, N.J.

The Acme closed at some point in the last five years, though Simmons didn't have an exact date at her disposal Friday morning.

Havre de Grace's downtown area remains without a large grocery option after the Save-a-Lot closed in 2010. There are no plans in place for another downtown grocery store in the immediate future.

Residents have clamored for more fresh food options than offered at the only current grocery store in Havre de Grace—, which is also located on Route 40.

While the return of the Save-a-Lot to Havre de Grace leaves downtown residents without a store in walking distance, it could revitalize what once was the primary shopping center in Havre de Grace.

Other chain businesses have vacated the shopping plaza, which is now dominated by a large .

Downtown residents have held out hope since the Save-a-Lot left its spot near that another store would come into the downtown area.

Comments and conversations on Patch have swayed from those desiring a high-end, fresh-food option, like Whole Foods, to trendier options like Trader Joe's, while others suggested the community could come together to forge a co-op in the downtown area.

The former Save-a-Lot building remains vacant.

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denyse February 03, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Great!! HdG really needs a grocery store that is afforable for all!!!
Hollee Sifford February 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Glad to hear this Hopefully will offer job opportunity to those in need.Just hope it is cleaner then the previous one...Also hope the staff is welcoming and friendly
Jessica February 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
i think its still a walkable option for all of us downtown, just a further walk lol i really wish we could get an amish market in the old Save a Lot building . . . like the one in Joppa minus all the flea market stuff!!!
Katie February 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
That's a loooot of fixing up.
Dee February 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Jessica, I'm with you! It would be AWESOME to have an Amish market like the one in Joppatowne. It would be great not to have to drive very far for fresh meats, milk, and other food items...................We don't need the flea market though..........
Mark February 04, 2012 at 02:45 AM
OK does anyone remember Save A lot down town. This is not what is needed in HDG. A waste then and a waste now. Sorry but that is my opinion. This town needs a lot more than a Save a lot. Guess I will continue to shop in Aberdeen, Bel Air and Delaware. Thanks HDG.
Katie February 04, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Yeah, I kind of thought the saaame thing. If this is the shopping center that I'm thinking about, it doesn't really look all that great in that section either. Plus every store that's been in that empty space has went out of business (?)
Pam Hiob Coakley February 04, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Really? Wow, that's impressive. Years ago when I was growing up (a long time ago) we had the A&P, Acme, Pantry Pride, Seiberts Market, other family owned markets and the population was a fraction of what it is today. Now, we only have We-is. Pathetic.
deniseashamblin February 04, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Facts have shown that people who use coupons from Printapons website for their shopping activities use coupons online. Although the "leading source" of paper coupons are still those that are found in newspaper inserts, online is a source that is not lagging behind.
KMLyons February 04, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I agree we need another store, but the location may not be the best. Stores don't seem to do well in that shopping center. On a positive note, at least there will something for folks that want/need to walk without crossing 40 to get to Weis.
Captain Steve Weisbrod February 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I was hoping there'd be a grocery store closer to the water. There are thousands of 'snow bird' boaters going by Turkey Point each spring and fall. There isn't a grocery convenient to boaters (walking distance) between Cape May and Baltimore Inner Harbor. That's a gap of about 150 miles. HdG has a lot to offer transient boaters but a safe/convenient dinghy dock and convenient grocery shopping aren't available here. How do we tempt all those snow-birders to come to HdG? To see an example of 'how it's done' check out the web-site for Elizabeth City N.C. (aka. The Harbour of Hospitality) at http://www.cityofec.com/. BTW, the local Farm Fresh Supermarket there will send a van to the docks to pick up boaters so they can shop and then take them back to the dock... at no charge!! I guess making HdG into it's own 'harbor of hospitality' is it's own topic but I feel we're really missing the boat(s) here (pun intended).
Pearl February 04, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I agree with you 100% Pam, I grew up in HDG also and the town had just about everything I enjoyed going to Reads, there at the time was a movie theater, and clothing stores, also jewerly stores and you could walk and pick up your groceries that you needed. I also remember two shoe stores. What happened ???????
Rod Cushing February 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Fresh and Easy is a chain that would do well in HdG Dow town or anywhere that the 1,000 households of Bulle Rock could get to easily.
Jeff February 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Aldi would be a good option for the downtown,marina area. They run clean, stocked stores stores. I don't think you'regoing to see a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Farm Fresh, etc. in HdG
Rolando February 05, 2012 at 05:59 AM
I agree. Great to see something in that vacant building, but I'm still waiting for the co-op that Amber talked about last year or the Trader Joes in downtown.
Tom Barnes February 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Darn it. Was hoping for a Redners not a junk store like Save-a-lot. I've never had any luck with food freshness with them. Looks like I am sticking with trips to Walmart. (Weis has taken to sticking it to our citizens so they are just an emergency stop for our family).
Tom Barnes February 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I've talked to several folks at the city council and even the mayor about an Amish Market. It all comes down to the owner of the property and he isn't making a move to do anything nor does he seem interested enough in the people of HdG to listen to what is put on here. It's a shame. Wish we had a vacant building law in HdG - that might force him to make a move.
Connie m February 05, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I travel to Aberdeen to shop as well I don't shop at save a lot never have so it's nothing special for me. O well I will keep going to Aberdeen cause weis is horrible
Roland February 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Boy do we need it! weis is so expensive and they sell nothing I would call top of the line. Of course Save-a-lot doesn't either but at least it's no worse than we-is. I would like to see a Wegman's come into town. I remember when this town had an A&P, Value foods, & Acme. Then there were the grocery stores in Aberdeen to choose from too. We need more competition in the area, then the prices would come down. I'd be willing to bet save-a-lot will be a busy place. Can't wait...... Now if only a real hardware store would come back......
Amir Hakeem February 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Sav A Lot has always had good low prices on pork.
denyse February 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I really never bought meats there but everything else we liked.
Eddie Stevenson March 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Looks like it should be opening soon. The shelves are all in and I saw the phone truck there last week


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