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Schnuck Markets announced last week it will shortly open a new store format in Columbia, Mo.  "focused on consumers prioritizing health and wellness, natural foods, and the occasional splurge.  EatWell, A Natural Food Store by Schnucks, will open in early summer 2020," the company said.

"In addition to offering natural food items, the neighborhood store will also include a focus on organic and local items, and feature a natural living department in which teammates can assist customers with choosing options that fit a healthy, balanced lifestyle," Schnucks said in a prepared statement.

The store is in a former Lucky’s Market location that Schnucks purchased during a bankruptcy auction earlier this year.

KC's View:

It will be interesting to see how learnings from this store find their way into Schnucks' traditional units.  This is a great opportunity to try something new … and test new concepts that may be more appropriate to a post-pandemic world.