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Monday, 14 April 2014 17:25

Schnucks to close N. Grand store in May

   North St. Louis is losing a major grocer.  Officials with Schnucks Markets announced Monday plans to close the Schnucks store at North Grand and Kossuth on May 10th.  
   Company officials say none of the 65 store employees will lose their jobs.  All will be transferred to other nearby stores.  
   Schnucks' President and CEO Todd Schnuck says the store has been operating at a loss since it was purchased as part of the 1995 National Supermarkets acquisition.  Schnuck says sales at the store won't offset the cost of needed repairs at the 45 year old structure.  
   Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior, who represents the area around the store, is critical of the move.  He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that closing the store is "really hurtful to that community."  He says Schnucks should build a new store on the site.
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Schnucks grocery stores are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.

 

They are using the occassion to start a campaign to feed the hungry. Together with Operation Food Search in the St. Louis area, the grocer will provide red barrels in stores where customers can donate food. They will only accept non-perishable foods. Schnucks plans to suggest items that food pantries need the most.

 

The campaign will encompass all of its stores in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and in Wisconsin.

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The Des Peres Schnucks is issuing a recall on fresh ground beef.

 

The beef was sold at the store on Manchester road. Employees found a metal clip in the meat grinder. The ground beef was sold on Wednesday, January, 15, with a sell-by date of January 16, 2014.

 

Any customers who bought the meat before 7 p.m. Wednesday should return it to the store for a full refund or exchange. For more information, contact Schnucks Consumer Affairs at 314-994-4400.

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   You could call it the Schnuck's shuffle.  

   The youngest of the Schnuck brothers is getting ready to take over the family business.  

   Fifty-five year old Todd Schnuck has been COO of Schnuck's Supermarkets since 2009.  The grocery chain's current chief executive, 63 year old Scott Schnuck, says its time for new leadership.  

   Scott Schnuck will take over as chairman when his older brother, 65 year old Craig Schnuck retires in March, but says he'll stick around until fall to help his younger brother Todd transition into the role of president and CEO.  

   The company also announced Thursday that former Aldi and Walmart executive Anthony Hucker will assume the role of COO.

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   A settlement may be near in the class action lawsuit against Schnucks supermarkets stemming from a security breach that compromised more than 2 million customer credit and debit cards.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the judge will decide in the coming weeks if the deal Schnucks has agreed to is satisfactory.  

   But an attorney pursuing a federal lawsuit over the matter is asking the court to throw out the settlement, claiming it's unfair because proper discover hasn't been done and the full scope of the damages to Schnucks customers isn't known.  Attorney's involved in the local case deny that.

   Hackers breached the grocery chain's security between December 2012 and March 2013.

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   Are the cookies and loaves of bread baked inside a Schnucks Supermarket sold for immediate consumption in the same way as those sold at a restaurant or convenience store?  That's the question the Missouri Supreme Court will have to answer in a case that begins today. 

   Schnucks is asking the high court to allow the company to take advantage of a 2007 utility sales tax refund law.  The Department of Revenue says a bakery that creates goods "for sale directly to the public or through retailers" is eligible, but goods baked at a restaurant and sold for immediate consumption are not.  

   Last year, the court found two Casey's stores were not eligible for tax refunds on the energy used to bake donuts and pizza bites they sold in individual servings.  But Schnucks argues that it isn't the same thing since there's no evidence Schnucks bakeries are restaurants.  

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A University City woman who worked in the accounting department at Schnucks headquarters in Maryland Heights faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $111,000 from the supermarket chain.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Lolita Martin was charged with removing money from a cash box at the company's main offices. Martin was responsible for overseeing the box, which was used to provide change for the company cafeteria.

The company fired Martin in May amid an internal investigation. Defense attorney Mark Fredman declined comment but said his client plans to plead not guilty

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:28

Another bank inside grocery store robbed

   A possible serial bank robber may be targeting banks inside area grocery stores.  

   Richmond Heights Police say a man held up the US Bank inside the Schnucks Store on Clayton Road about 6:30 Tuesday evening.  Police said the suspect showed the teller a threatening note demanding money and walked out of the store with an unknown amount of cash.

   The suspect is described as a white man, 5'6" to 6' with a thin build.  

   Police believe the man may also be responsible for robbing the First Bank inside a Brentwood Dierberg's on Saturday.  

 
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The cost of the massive payment card hack that hit the  Schnucks supermarket chain in recent months could cost the company $80 million in Illinois alone.  

Court records show Schnucks wants to move an Illinois lawsuit related to a security breach affecting credit and debit cards of its customers to a federal court.

Schnucks has said the breach of up to 2.4 million cards dated to December and came to light in March. The company said the lawsuit filed against them on behalf of a Belleville shopper is meritless.

Two of the suits have been filed in Missouri; one in Illinois.
 
The suits allege that Schnucks knew about the breach days, perhaps longer, before it revealed the hack, and should have told customers about it sooner. The suit filed in Illinois on April 25 says the breach cost customers time and money, requiring card holders to spend hours canceling and getting replacement cards, and re-setting automatic payments.
 
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports state law in both Missouri and Illinois says that any entity that stores or maintains personal data has to notify victims as soon as they become aware of a breach. But Schnucks has said that the data stolen from the cards included only credit card numbers and expiration dates — not names — and therefore, the company was not required to inform victims of the data theft.
 
The breach began in early December when malicious software, or malware, began lifting card data from the company’s system. The data was being accessed as the transactions were awaiting authorization within the company’s processing system.
 
The malware, the company said, was stripping data from the magnetic strip on the backs of cards. That strip contains different tracks that are read by card readers. The first track contains a person’s name; the second contains the card number and expiration date. The hackers, Schnucks said, accessed data on only the second stripe.
 
The company said it became aware on March 15 of questionable activity used on 12 cards used at its stores. On March 19 it hired Mandiant, a Virginia-based forensics firm, to conduct an investigation.
 
It confirmed the breach to the Post-Dispatch on March 22.
 
Schnucks located the source of the breach on March 28, and had executed a “containment plan” within 36 hours. The company issued its first news release on the matter March 30, saying the problem was “found and contained.”
 
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The matriarch of the Schnucks' grocery store chain has died. 88-year-old Doris Schnuck died Saturday at her home in Clayton. A company spokeswoman says she had been in failing health.

Doris and Donald Schnuck helped turn a corner grocery in north St. Louis into the area’s leading supermarket chain.  He died in 1991 at age 69. They have six children who run the supermarket chain. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Today, Schnucks operates 100 stores in five states — Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa — with 14,800 employees.

Mrs. Schnuck supported the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the St. Louis Zoo and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden is named for her.

Craig and Terry Schnuck live in Clayton. Scott, Todd, Mark and Nancy live in Ladue. Other survivors include 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

 
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