VOL. 117 | NO. 42 | Friday, February 28, 2003
Schnucks to close
Schnucks to close
Riverdale Road store
St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. will close its 5270
Riverdale Road store at 6 p.m. March 15. Its convenience store and fuel center
on Riverdale will continue to operate.
Schnucks acquired the former Seessels supermarkets in April
as part of an agreement with Albertsons Inc. that included stores in Tennessee
The Riverdale store opened in 2001. It is the newest of
Schnucks Mid-South properties and its largest at 68,000 square feet.
When we bought the property, we had doubts about Riverdales
economic viability and assigned zero value to (the store), said Craig D.
Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer. All of our experience told us
there was very little chance of making Riverdale profitable. After eight
months, we concluded the area simply could not generate enough sales to sustain
a grocery store of this size.
About 70 associates will be reassigned.
Plans to build three new stores in the Mid-South are going
grand opening set
Government and community dignitaries will mark the grand
opening of the Hickory Hill Community Center, 3910 Ridgeway Road, at 11 a.m.
The 55,000-square-foot facility in Hickory Hill Park
includes an indoor pool, art and dance studios and a computer lab.
Calvary Lenten series opens
with former Memphis pastor
Calvary Episcopal Churchs 80th Lenten Noonday Preaching
Series kicks off next week, and its counterpart the Waffle Shop marks its
75th anniversary this year of feeding the men, women and children who take part
in the lunchtime tradition.
Volunteers from churches nationwide come to the church
throughout the series which runs from Wednesday through April 11 to cook,
serve and host in the Waffle Shop.
Services take place weekdays from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.
at the church, 102 N. Second St. Lunch is available daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. in the Waffle Shop downstairs.
Speakers in the series include former Christ United
Methodist Church pastor, the Rev. Maxie Dunnam, now president of Asbury
Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., Thursday and March 7; the Rev. Dr.
William Willimon, Christian ministry professor at Duke University in Durham,
N.C., March 10-11; and the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews, rector of Trinity
Church in New York City, March 12-14.
Weather forces move
of Chamber breakfast
The Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerces February business
breakfast forum scheduled for Thursday at the Adams Mark, 939 Ridge Lake
Blvd., was moved to 7:30 a.m. March 6.
ACH Food purchase
Houston-based Riviana Foods Inc. has closed the acquisition
of rice specialty business ACH Food Cos. Inc. for a reported $24 million.
Memphis-based ACH is headquartered at 7171 Goodlett Farms
Parkway. It employs 1,300.
ACH manufactures and sells a variety of rice products for
the U.S. food manufacturing, retail and service industry. It offers varieties
of quick-cooking rice to food processors and the retail grocery market in North
America, rice and dry beans to U.S. grocery retailers, and brown rice for
export. The companys brands include China Doll and Fiesta.
Riviana is one of the nations largest makers of rice
products, including products marketed under the names Success and Mahatma.
Riviana operates a rice packaging plant in Memphis that employs 135 people.
With the acquisition, Riviana added manufacturing facilities in Brinkley, Ark.,
and Mobile, Ala.