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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ghosts of Carson: Scolari’s / Warehouse Market

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This supermarket on Highway 50 E. was an institution for decades. I think it was built in the 1970s, and first operated under the name Warehouse Market. It was part of a chain in Reno, Sparks and Carson City. It had competition from the Lucky’s Supermarket that was right across the street, but that closed in the 1990s (now a freeway sits on top of it). That left this market all by itself.

In the 1980s the whole Warehouse Market chain was bought by a couple of brothers from California named Scolari. They changed the name of all the stores to Scolari’s Food and Drug and doubled down on trying to make this store the best supermarket in Carson City. Originally there had been two Warehouse Markets in Carson City; the other was on North Carson Street in the Northgate shopping center. I’m not completely sure of the timeline, so I don’t know if that one ever changed to a Scolari’s or if it closed while still a WM. Eventually there was just the one Scolari’s in Carson City, this one out on Hwy 50 E.

Scolari’s had a good run in Carson City. Competition came, in the form of a Smith’s near Mills Park and an Albertson’s at Airport Road, in addition to the Lucky’s right next door. Other major supermarkets opened in Carson City, like a Super Kmart and a Super Walmart. They were all able to coexist, but as the new millennium wore on, the business at the Carson City Scolari’s was not what the company hoped.

In 2008, the company changed the name of the store from Scolari’s to Sak ‘N Save. The ownership didn’t change hands, but the name change was part of an effort by the company to focus on lower prices (and lower quality) to boost the sales figures at the Carson City location. Sak ‘N Save was a name that they used at a couple of their stores in Reno and Sparks that were located in poorer neighborhoods and aimed at a lower class of clientele. They made the decision that that was the kind of customer base they wanted to chase in Carson City. A quote given by a company representative at the time said they were changing to a “box store” so they could offer “cheaper and more ethnically diverse food.” I think I’ll let you decipher that for yourself. The company saw Carson City as having a lower class of customers and wanted to provide them with a lower class of product, without damaging the Scolari’s name. So the Carson City store became a Sak ‘N Save.

Changing to a “box store” didn’t provide the shot in the arm that the company expected. The newly-renamed store limped along for another year and a half after that. Many people, like me, were put off by the name change and the new direction. Not that I ever went to Scolari’s very often anyway, but I think I only went into it once after it became Sak ‘N Save, and only out of curiosity. In May, 2010, the company announced that the rebranding was a failure (they didn’t use those exact words) and closed the store.

Now it sits empty, and the shopping center that it used to anchor is limping along. I remember when this was a vibrant part of town. There even used to be a movie theater next to the Scolari’s, if any of you can remember back that far. Now the shopping center is holding on, barely, kept alive by a few specialty stores and restaurants that still bring the customers in. Without an anchor store, though, there is a big gaping hole in the middle, and that damages the whole center. The real estate company that manages the center hopes that they can find another tenant, but it has now been two years since Sak ‘N Save closed and I don’t think they’re any closer to finding anyone. I hope that this store doesn’t turn into a perennial ghost like SuperK, but there is a chance it might if nobody is willing to take a chance on it.

If you have any memories of Scolari’s, Warehouse Market, or even Sak ‘N Save, be sure to share them in the comments below!


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sak 'N Save Closing Confirmed

Posted Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 8:08 AM

The Sak ‘N Save closing is confirmed by the Nevada Appeal.

The Sak N’ Save on U.S. Highway 50 E., formerly Scolari’s, will close on May 30, the Sparks-based company confirmed on Monday.

About 40 employees work at the long-time Carson City grocery store and “a number” may be offered positions at nearby stores in the region, said Ward Dunn, the vice president of marketing for Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, which owns Sak N’ Save.

“Based on a number of factors, it didn’t make sense to continue operations at that location, and we’ll do our best to keep as many associates as possible,” said Joe Scolari, CEO of the grocery store chain.

Also, tell me how the comment section on an article about a supermarket turns into a debate about Obama. I swear. I hope those commenters never find my site. I’d have to fumigate.


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sak 'N Save Closing?

Posted Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I got an anonymous report that the Sak ‘N Save in east Carson, formerly the Scolari’s on Hwy 50, will be closing on May 30th. I haven’t been out there to check on this and see if there are any signs up. Has anyone been out there and seen this?


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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sak 'N Save Pictures

Posted Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 2:28 PM

I went out Hwy 50 East today to get a look at the new Sak ‘N Save and get some pictures. Uggh. I still can’t think of one way this is a good idea.


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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Scolari's Becomes Sak 'n Save; Befuddled Town Scratches Its Head

Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 9:16 PM

The Scolari’s in Carson City is changing its name to Sak ‘n Save. Although apparently this doesn’t mean it has new owners; the same owners control both Scolari’s and the Sak ‘n Save stores in Reno, and they’re just rebranding the store in Carson for some mysterious reason.

I think it’s a bad move. A store’s name is a big part of its image, and changing the name can change the way people think about it, even if nothing else about the store changes. Ideally you’d go for a better name when you’re making a change, but this is the second supermarket in the last year to go for a worse name. First it was Albertson’s, a perfectly respectable name, changing to Save Mart. Ugggh. It was horrible when they first made the change, and it’s still horrible all these months later. But not nearly so horrible as Sak ‘n Save, which is an awful awful awful name. It reminds me of the Pic ‘N Saves that we used to have in Southern California; cramped, dirty little stores with crappy merchandise that nobody wanted to buy. Sak ‘n Save conjures up the same sorts of images, and even if nothing else about the store changes now it’s going to be saddled with a terrible name, making it seem like a second-class store.

Of course, the grizzled old timers in the room will remember the first time that store changed names, and will still think of Scolari’s as the newcomer. When I was a kid that place was known as the Warehouse Market, even though it’s been probably 20 years since it was called that.


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