Surrounded by the bustle of Wednesday's grand opening, manager Melody Lunsford gazed with pride across the aisles packed with goods and customers at Save-A-Lot's new Danville store in Heritage Center on East Lexington Avenue.
"This is the top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art Save-A-Lot," Lunsford said, "everything from our registers to the heating and cooling system.
"Danville's been good to Save-A-Lot. It was time to move on and get a new store. We had just outgrown that building."
The new store has room for expanded offerings in perishable goods, such as meat, produce and dairy products, a large "Hispanic section," more brand-name items and seasonal "Special Buys."
"They don't last long," Lunsford said. "That's why they're called 'Special Buys.'"
The store also has a special bargain section.
"We have an aisle through the store where everything is dollar," she said. "That's really been a big hit."
"That building" Lunsford referred to was the old store downtown next to City Hall (and owned by the City of Danville). She got her first job there 22 years ago when the store was operated by Pic-Pic. It was taken over by Save-A-Lot 15 years ago.