The prospects of a new grocery store in Pacific look favorable as a date is now set on the purchase of a building site.

The Save-A-Lot grocery chain has selected a site on West Osage and is set to close on the purchase of the property in two weeks, according to city officials.

Mayor Herb Adams said the city is excited at the prospect of a new grocery store.

Save-A-Lot is a neighborhood grocery store that offers discount groceries. There are more than 1,300 stores in the chain, including one in St. Clair.

Bill Moran, who owned one grocery store in Cahokia, Ill., founded the chain in 1977. He expanded into the St. Louis area and eventually nationwide.

In 1993, Supervalu Inc. acquired the Save-A-Lot chain. Moran has since retired.

The building of a Save-A-Lot in Pacific would be an important asset to the city, attracting shoppers from the surrounding area, Adams said.

If everything falls into place, the chain expects to begin construction on a new store in the near future and be open for business in the first months of 2014.

“We’re excited that they are moving forward to close on the property and start to build,” Adams said.