Phil Safran, owner of Shop'n Save, said the Duss Avenue store began offering a bus every Saturday once the former Foodland grocery store in Ambridge closed back in 2007.
“We’ve had this bus going for years,” said Safran, who estimates at least a dozen people use the service every week. “We’re willing to put on a second one if we get enough sign ups.”
The second bus would run on Tuesdays and would be completely funded by the store with support from Rhodes Transit. To justify the cost, Safran said a minimum of 10 residents must show interest.
Shoppers are picked up at home and there is no limit to the amount of grocery bags they can bring on the bus.
Safran said the goal is to help out those who don’t have access to a grocery store.
Before plans for Bottom Dollar were solidified, the parent company of Shop’n Save was in the bidding to put a Save-A-Lot on the property. The warehouse lost, Bottom Dollar came to town, and Shop’n Save had to tighten its belt and watch its expenditures.
“We’re looking forward to bringing back some of that business to our stores,” Safran said.
Shop’n Save is also extending the opportunity for displaced workers to apply for job openings at the store.
Residents who are interested in riding the new bus can call the borough building at 724-266-4070 to sign up.
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