Pacific has a new grocery store, bringing to three the number of locations where the community can shop for food items.

The new Save-A-Lot grocery store is located at 2700 W. Osage. It opens for business at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, bringing the community meat cut fresh daily, fresh produce and hard discounts throughout the store.

The 12,000-square-foot store shares the parking entrance with West Osage Development where a gun shop, insurance firm, construction business, dance studio and church are located.

Shelves were stocked, employees trained and the new parking lot paved for the opening of the third store for three partners — father and son, Wayne and Matt Sauer, and Paul Schnettgoecke.

Matt Sauer and Schnettgoecke spent the previous weeks putting the finishing touches on the store’s interior, making sure shelves were stocked, prices posted and checkout lanes equipped.

A total of 20 employees were set to be on the job when the store opened. Of the 20, 15 are new jobs and mostly filled with local people. All underwent three days of training at either the St. Clair and Cedar Hill stores, and finished their training in the new Pacific store.

Nicole Doss, who formerly managed the Cedar Hill Save-A-Lot store, is the Pacific store manager.

“We will cut meat fresh every day and offer fresh produce,” Sauer said. “We’ll have full-service butchers with meat in cases, but customers can order special cuts like thick steaks and they’ll be cut to order.”

The store focuses on produce at the peak of its season to maintain its promise of low prices, she said.

“We don’t offer things like strawberries in winter because the quality is not as good as we like and the prices are higher,” Sauer said.

It is the fresh meat and peak of season produce that give Save-A-Lot the edge over other discount stores, she noted.

The number of employees is expected to grow as the number of shoppers grows.