Story last updated at 3:19 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

New Sav-U-More set to open
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  Photo by Chris Bernard, Homer News
Shoppers will soon make their selections from Save-U-Morepis new store  
Sav-U-More will open in its new location on the Sterling Highway tomorrow, said spokesperson Gerlinde Konrad.

"It's Friday the 13th, and we hope that will be a good omen," she said. "Everybody has worked really hard to make this happen."

The bulk discount retailer closed its former location on Saturday, and crews worked around the clock to transfer product stocks, display materials and other store equipment to the new storefront.

The new store, located across from the Homer Chamber of Commerce, is a 21,000-square-foot building still under last-minute construction by the middle of this week.

Sav-U-More's parent corporation, Inorex Inc., lost the lease to its Pioneer Ave. location earlier this year and negotiated two lease extensions with building owner Ray Evarts. The store hoped the new location would be ready to open by Dec. 1, owner Valentin Caspaar said in August.

"All in all, we hired probably six or eight temporary workers to help us move, plus the regular employees," Konrad said. "(Caspaar) came up with some friends to help, too."

Konrad said employees from the old location would continue in their jobs.

New stock and product lines will be added to the store in the coming months, she said.

"We ask our customers to be patient as we get settled in," she said.