Schnucks Expands Partnerships With Locally-Owned Restaurants and Businesses
- by Anne Allen
ST. LOUIS, MO - Schnuck Markets has taken an innovative approach to supporting the foodservice sector, announcing in April that it would help local restaurants by selling grab-and-go meals. The company is now extending those partnerships to even more locally-owned restaurants—this time with a focus on Black-owned businesses. Customers will now find offerings from Royally Baked, The Fattened Caf, Patty’s Cheesecakes, Bold Spoon Creamery, Cathy’s Kitchen, and Ms. Piggies’ Smokehouse at select Schnucks locations.
“At Schnucks, we’re committed to supporting our neighboring restaurants at a time when many are struggling because of pandemic restrictions on space and occupancy,” Schnucks Specialty Deli Category Manager Andy DeCou said. “After reading Black-Owned Restaurants to Support in St. Louis Right Now in Feast Magazine, we called these restaurateurs and invited them to sell their unique offerings in our stores.”
DeCou and other members of the Schnucks team sought out local restaurant owners who were interested in partnering with Schnucks to reach more customers. According to a press release, Schnucks plans to add several more restaurants in the coming weeks.
One partner in the program, Bold Spoon Creamery Founder and Owner Rachel Burns, says this collaboration is an exceptional opportunity for her small business.
“As a St. Louis native, I’ve been coming to Schnucks my entire life. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Schnucks, a local business that shares our mission of supporting other local businesses. We use local ingredients in all of our ice cream so this partnership not only helps us, but many other local businesses just like ours as well,” Burns said, also noting that like Schnucks, Bold Spoon Creamery is a family-owned business that she operates along with her husband, Corey Wilkinson, son, Harrison Burns, and brother, Brad Burns.
For an updated list of participating restaurants and the Schnucks stores where their grab-and-go meals can be found, visit the company’s Local Grab and Go page.
Hats off to Schnuck Markets on this innovative solution to navigating industry challenges.