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Poland Sav-A-Lot closing

Published: Sun, November 22, 2009 @ 4:23 a.m.


POLAND — The Nemenz Save-a-Lot grocery store at the corner of U.S. Route 224 and Clingan Road will close at the end of business Wednesday.

Henry Nemenz Sr., owner of seven other Save-a-Lot stores in the area, said the 15 Poland store employees have been notified of the closing and have been transferred to other Save-a-Lot or

Nemenz-owned IGA grocery stores.

“No one will lose their job,” he said.

Nemenz said he is closing the store because the customer count is down, potentially partially caused by picketing by the United Food and Commercial Workers union for three of the four years it has been there.

Nemenz said there is a possibility the store will be reopened as an IGA grocery store. He said the company is conducting a feasibility study now.

Nemenz said he will have seven Save-a-Lot stores after the Poland store closes, and his son, Henry Jr., owns 10 stores. Nemenz also owns IGA grocery stores in Struthers, Lincoln Knolls Plaza and Canfield.

Between father and son, they have in excess of 1,000 employees, the elder Nemenz said.


1gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

This is an extremely sad turn of events. Now we are limited to one store: GIANT EAGLE and High prices.
Hopefully, Mr. Nemenz will reopen as an IGA.

In the meantime, his loyal customers will travel to the other "SAVE-a-Lot" locations. Also, there is the excellent IGA on Youngstown-Poland Road.

GOOD LUCK, Mr. Nemenz. You and your wonderful staff will be missed!!!

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2jude103(3 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

What a terrible shame. How powerful is Giant Eagle that they can beat down any competition? What you pay per pound for bologna you could buy a steak somewhere else, but yet Giant Eagle survives. The landlord at the plaza with the Boardman WalMart doesn't allow any other grocery stores there except Giant Eagle. We need a grocery store to stay in Poland. Mr. Nemenz, please don't let them win. We need you!!

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3MVP(67 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Don't blame Mr. Nemenz OR Giant Eagle, blame the unions that intentionallly shut him down. When people have a choice between Giant Eagle and Sav A Lot or IGA, both can survive. When idiots picket one, customers will go to the other out of fear of being harrassed or intimidated. Union members put their sense of entitlment ahead of working hard and earning a wage and that is what closed this LOCAL businessman's store.

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4mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Why don't the big bad bully unions stand outside of Walmart ? They are bullies because they pick on the small guy? I shop where I want,and I don't get intimidated,if a picketer wants to have a verbal exchange,then it's on.Go picket the mall and every other store,

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5DonHarshbarger(22 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I am a pro union buy but this mess has to stop. Not all workers want a union and why should you picket a guy who does so much for his community. These people should not be allowed to do this anymore. We get your point and we know its not union but we don't care so stop shouting it to the world!!!

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6madmilker(1 comment)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

maybe if the nice consumers knew tat Wal*Mart puts 95% China made in all their stores in China and support Chinese export plus the deal they made a few years ago between Mexico, China and a container company to bring all tat so-call cheap into a port in Mexico not one in the USA plus the fact tat ther are 15 cargo ships tat pollute as much as 760 MILLION AUTOMOBILES putt puttin' out on the ocean with 15,000 containers on each plus the fact tat it cost $9 BILLION a year in hidden taxes to ALL the American taxpayers jus to clean the fish from ballast tanks of ships plus the fact tat America has a 6 to 1 trade deficit with China which means tis quote from "The Flow of Trade in a Global Economy" by Lance Winslow may have come true...

"Now let us look at Wal-Mart again; you buy a product there, 6% goes to the employees, 10-18% is profit to the company, 25% goes to other costs and 50% goes to re-stock or the cost of goods sold. Of the 50% about 20-25% goes to China, a guess, but you get the point. Now then, how long will it take at 433 Billion dollars at year for China to have all of our money, leaving no money flow for us to circulate? At a 17 Trillion dollar economy less than 40-years minus the 1/6 they buy from us. Some say that if we keep putting money into our economy, it would take forever, but if we do not then eventually all the money flow will go. If China buys our debt then eventually they own us, no need to worry about a war, they are buying America, due in part to our own mismanaged trade, so whose fault is that? Not necessarily China, as they are doing what's in the best interests, and we should make sure that trade is not only free, but fair too."

Also, think for a moment about George Washington....yes the man tat is on the US dollar bill....

How do you think George feels being sent overseas in return for all tat foreign so-call cheap items and being left in a foreign bank because the American worker doesn't make anythig for the foreigners to buy. Cheap items didn't make tis great union of 57...oops! 50 states the greatest place on the face of tis Earth.....the American worker (union and non-union) did. You can't have a strong country without having a strong currency and you can't have a strong currency unless you keep it floating around within your 50 states.

Tis is why the store with the star in the name puts 95% China made items in their stores in China....to keep their "yuan" in their country helping the nice people there. And with only 5% left for all the other 182 country's tat make stuff including the United States of America....tat doesn't produce very many jobs outside of China.

Being an old person myself and knowing how it wus back in the 40's, 50's and 60's in tis union of 50 states....I look at George each time I pull him out of my billfold and make a promise to send him out for items made in America so after floating around helping each hand he touches jus maybe one day he will shake mine again.

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7RFederer(116 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Shop Marc's. Prices there are way below Giant Eagle. I no longer buy anything at GE. Their prices are ridiculous and the unions that are in GE are the ones who target Nemenz.

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8mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I saw union picketers at Marc's in Ravenna,but it appeared no one paid attention to them.Maybe it's because the people that live there,aren't stuck back in time,and realize the day of everyone and everything union,no longer exists.I'm not against union's,I have belonged to one.We have to get rid of that union mentality,for everything,some job's should be union and never change,but not food stores.

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9boardmantimmy(5 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Way to go union members! Another valley positive crushed by scumbag mentality. What you don't get is that if the store was union it would have shut down even sooner due to poor attitudes, productivity and service. Mr. Nemenz has done more good for this area than the unions have ever done since they have been around. Positive people bring positive results. While you unios sit around and slap each other on the back for shutting down another employer, remember, those of you union lackies who are enemployed are so for a reason. Your're enemployable!

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10123station(8 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Unions artificially inflate the cost of goods sold. Why do these 'better than thou' union shops believe they can offer a better product or service than a non-union shop. I wish I was in charge.

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11123station(8 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The only hope4thevalley is to do away with the outdated mentality of hope4thevalley.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Giant Eagle is in partnerships with the UFCW and their goal is to destroy the competition . Both David Shapira ( Giant Eagle ) and the UFCW benefit from the closing of the Poland Save A Lot . The public loses .

Are you tired of UFCW-Giant Eagle antics ? Get involved . You can start with family and friends by not shopping Giant Eagle . I save enough in one month to drive my car for two months . My circle shops by choice and our choice is lower food prices . God Bless Henry Nemenz in his perseverance of making food affordable . Let's support him and not allow further store closings . The poor and the working man deserve afforable food .

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The unions at Delphi and GM have brought many millions of dollars into The Valley in good wages . Without out this influx of money only the welfare office would be in business . Not all unions are like the UFCW who develops no wealth !

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14CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I've been shopping at Aldi's. I buy just about all of my canned goods and staples (flour, sugar, olive oil, etc.) there. I only shop Giant Eagle for their weekly specials. GE check-out people don't give a damn about customer service. It seems every time I do shop at GE, I'm over-charged. Last week, I found a $7 mistake on my bill. GE does well in upper-middle class areas where convenience is more important that price. Just don't shop there, and soon enough they'll get the message. For those of you living in Poland, I hope you get another grocery store soon. Competition always helps keep prices in check.

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15candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Manipulative unions with plenty of lawyers just sold your soul to the company store... thank you for wrecking our ancestors ownership society.

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16pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The union will eventually bring down the big bird also...So there is Hope in the Valley

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

"The common denominator among all the problems in Ytown is the UNION."

The common denominator was the wealth being brought to The Valley by Youngstown Sheet and Tube suddenly ending . Workers from GM and Delphi sustained The Valley until this depression . Now it is up to the next generation to either develop wealth or live in squalor under socialism .

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18123station(8 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I do wish hope4thevalley the best of luck in his English class.

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19ytownpunk(26 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Nemenz has every right to claim that the union helped shut down his stores, but the Vindicator should require a certain level of evidence to back up that claim.

It seems to me that he's just using that as an excuse to play the victim card when in reality he's just repositioning his business model a bit to gobble up or open stores in other parts of the area (I think he has a few opening in Columbiana County).

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20harleydog(243 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

unions are a bunch of thugs. i say we all stop shopping a giant eagle (there prices are highway robbery) and stick it to them and the ufcw. shop walmart, rulli's marcs, aldi's etc. screw giant eagle. if everyone joins in we can bring down the big bird or at least take a bite out of their feathers.

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21jethead11(139 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

One good thing to come out of this is the picketers will no longer have their part-time picketing jobs anymore. They won't be leaching from their fellow workers' hard earned money. Do you think the UCFW will reduce dues now since they have less expenses? I don't think so either.

I've been out of the area for some time, but isn't Poland a pretty affluent area? I wonder if it could support a Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Either of those would close Giant Eagle down. Maybe Mr. Nemenz should look at those concepts. I hope he takes this closure personal and fights back.

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22gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

~~~@STAN & JETHEAD11, as well as ^^above posters supporting MR. NEMENZ.

Yes, we should ONCE again DUE something positive. Have not decided exactly what.
Any ideas???

"hope4thevalley": please go put your big mouth in your big boot. Better yet, MOVE away from OUR valley. Perhaps you should consider Alaska?

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23Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

gypsygirl720 :

Perhaps a newsletter could be put out and profile all of the non unionized grocers in The Valley . Their contribution in jobs and the availability of low priced food should be put forth before the public . An electronic and printed version would be the best coverage .

People should get involved with their elected officials to support limiting informational picketing to no more that ninety days . Those picketing the Nemenz stores are not employees . The UFCW has a goal of destroying the competition to create a greater market share and higher prices for Giant Eagle .

THE UFCW IS FORCING HARDSHIPS UPON OUR STORES . Yes, they are our stores as the benefit us ! Once the competition is eliminated there will be no reasonably priced food available .

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24cambridge(3473 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

UnAmerican....I see you changed your username.

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25candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I'll just wait for the A&P to come back. Perhaps a Charming Charlie store ... absolutely fabulous accessories!

Fresh Market carries Doritos.

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26Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Here is the A&P ad . You should be able to drive there in about five hours and nineteen minutes . I believe that this is the closest one .




152 Rt 94
Blairstown , NJ 07825
Hours: Call For Hours

Phone: 908.362.7440

Pharmacy: 908.362.9388

Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-9pm
Sat. 8:30am-6pm
Sun. 8:30am-2pm

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27candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


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28gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


Excellent points made from you three; as well as others. You do know how to reach me. Will be more than willing to 'spear-head' a newsletter, STAN.
~~ Cambridge and Jethead11, your input would be appreciated. [Unfortunately, neither of you are here right now].
[used with permission].
Baba Ram Dass. [used with permission].

~~~Have a great WOODSTOCK WONDERFILLED DAY. We will.~~~~

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29Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

What is behind UFCW picketing whose goal is to shut down the competition ?

E. A & D Supermarkets, Inc. v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local Union 880
In 1988, UFCW Local 880 initiated an aggressive campaign against various independent non-union retail grocery stores in northeast Ohio. The campaign included picketing and extensive use of mass media.
Local 880 also entered into collective bargaining agreements with unionized supermarkets containing a "wage stabilization" clause.
That clause permitted the unionized supermarkets to reduce the union employees' wages to the level paid by the non-unionized stores unless the union was picketing the non-unionized stores.
The non-unionized stores brought an action against the union and its officers alleging various violations of the Sherman Act, the Ohio Monopolies Statute, and a claim for tortious interference with business relationships under Ohio law. No. C88-3551 (N.D. Ohio). Although the unionized stores were alleged co-conspirators, they were not joined in the action.

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30Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Behind every picketer are many working hard paying UFCW union dues to support the freeloading . I wouldn't be that tolerant allowing my money to be wasted on the freeloaders .

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