Talk that a Save-A-Lot grocery store will build a store in Pacific has been circulating in Pacific for the past weeks.

Mayor Herb Adams said although the project has not been finalized the rumors are valid and it appears to be ready to move forward.

“The Save-A-Lot grocery chain has been looking at property in Pacific to build a new store,” Adams confirmed.

“They looked at a site on East Osage and liked it, but were not able to come to an agreement with the property owner,” he said. “They have also looked at a site on West Osage.”

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

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, he added.

“We’re extremely hopeful that they will close on the property and start to build,” Adams said.