Meat Depot, a grocery store affiliated with the Birmingham, Alabama-based supermarket chain Fresh Value, recently completed a deal to take over the Cost Kutter Grocery location in Northport, Alabama.
Meat Depot will debut its store on Feb. 8 with a grand opening celebration. The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a ribbon cutting at 3067 McFarland Blvd. in the Buford Plaza Shopping Center – formerly home to Sav A Lot. The first 100 customers in the store Feb. 8-10 will receive a free bag of groceries.
“We are looking forward to bringing affordable meat prices to Northport,” said Brad Snyder, Meat Depot co-owner and Northport native. “Growing up in this community, it’s personal to me to be able to give back and provide my hometown with this type of unique shopping experience.”
While providing the community with affordable meat is its focus, Meat Depot also offers a complete line of grocery items and a stocked produce department. The store hosts weekend blowouts and flash sales, which it advertises on its Facebook page, Meat Depot Northport.
“The goal behind Meat Depot’s store concept is making grocery shopping on a budget possible without giving up quality,” said Gerry D’Alessandro, Fresh Value owner. “We currently operate two Fresh Value locations in Tuscaloosa and Cottondale, so adding a Meat Depot in Northport furthers our plans to expand into the area.”
Snyder said the concept behind the store is finding bulk deals in an independent supermarket setting. While the meat department serves as the store’s core strategy, it offers the best of each category found in any other grocery store.
The advantage of being affiliated with its sister store, Fresh Value, is the power it has to buy meat by the case, buy deals from national brands by the truckload and find locally sourced items.
The store’s soft opening is Feb. 3.