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New grocery store opens in Rockford’s former Schnuck Mall

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Community members on the West Side of Rockford now have a place to get their fresh groceries.

LoCost Grocery, 3118 N. Rockton Ave, opened Wednesday in the former ACE Hardware, in the same mall as the former Schnuck’s which closed in 2018.

It’s a welcome change for locals who are used to traveling miles for food.

Parts of Rockford’s west side are considered a food wasteland, but the new grocery store hopes to help families get fresh food closer. In fact, the closest grocery store to the Rockton Avenue Mall is two and a half miles from Save-A-Lot.

Employees said this store gave those neighbors a more convenient shopping option.

“I honestly think it’s a refreshing feeling,” said Ivana Charlend, a customer and now a new employee. “Everyone who’s been here has just been thrilled that the fact that it’s just a more than a family dollar store, or just like smaller stores, but it’s not huge either, so they don’t don’t have to walk 5 miles to get a gallon of milk.

Manager Derek Wade said the location will be more convenient for everyone, with everything they need.

“We do a bit of everything,” Wade said. “We have household items, we have everything you need for the holidays, including Christmas and Thanksgiving. Here we will start selling alcoholic beverages.

Wade also said their goal was to bring back the hometown feeling to shopping with new employees.

We’re still looking right now, filling in the blanks,” Wade said. “So anyone, please come in and get an application.”

Charlend hopes LoCost is here to stay.

“Unless you want to go to Loves Park, or a store further away, where it’s colder, and so you don’t want to do that either,” Charlend said. So yeah, I don’t know, I think it’s definitely, it’s refreshing, to go somewhere new.

LoCost will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.