CUMBERLAND — A Save-A-Lot grocery store will be moving into the location at 66 Queen City Drive occupied by Mor For Less grocery until it was abruptly closed Tuesday.
“The new Cumberland store is independently owned ... and is scheduled to open in the fall,” said Chon C. Tomlin, a corporate spokeswoman. A date for the opening is not set yet because of construction planned at the location, Tomlin said.
The new Save-A-Lot store’s owner is listed as Melvin Shapiro. There is a Save-A-Lot located on Industrial Boulevard as well. Its ownership could not be confirmed.
On Tuesday, the Mor For Less at the location at 66 Queen City Drive closed, and a sign was posted on the wall that startled customers planning to shop read before they walked away.
The sign said the store was unable to renew its lease. The store was heavily used by older citizens and downtown residents without cars and had a steady stream of taxi traffic dropping off or picking up shoppers. Several individuals posted their concerns about not having a downtown grocery store available on the Times-News Facebook site.
The plaza in which Mor For Less was located is owned by Cumberland Plaza Associates, located in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, a local law firm representing Mor For Less forwarded a press release Wednesday on what the company calls the “consolidation” of its Cumberland operations.
“On July 2 ... Mor For Less began the process of consolidating its Cumberland stores,” according to the press release.
“This is part of a larger corporate plan that has been in the works for some time,” said Barry McGinnis, owner and president of Queen City MFL Inc., which owns the grocery retailer.
Mor For Less had two locations in Cumberland, at the Queen City Plaza and the other store, still operating in White Oaks Plaza. The company is headquartered in Pennsylvania, according to the press release.
Mor For Less opened in Cumberland more than 10 years ago, the press release said.
“Cumberland is a great community and we like it here. We have had tremendous success in Cumberland and we remain committed to our customers here,” said McGinnis. “The only question was which location we intended to keep. Ultimately, we feel that the goals of our business are better met in the White Oaks Plaza location, where we hope to continue serving our friends and customers from the downtown area.”
The press release said Mor For Less has been located in the Queen City Plaza for 10 years, with its lease ending this month. The store at White Oaks Plaza has been open for more than 15 years.
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