Save A Lot store owner seeks to reopen in East Chattanooga

Staff Photo by Mike Pare / On Tuesday, the parking lot at the Save A Lot grocery store is empty at 2300 Dodson Ave. The store closed about a week ago, but plans are in the works to reopen, an official said.

A Save A Lot grocery store that operated for nearly two years in East Chattanooga closed about a week ago, but ownership is making plans to reopen potentially using a new wholesaler to supply groceries.

Sulman Javid, who is to be the store manager, said Tuesday the intention is to keep it as a neighborhood grocer though it may not be branded as a Save A Lot.

He said he's hopeful the store at 2300 Dodson Ave. can reopen in three to four weeks.

"The goal is to open sooner than later to be helpful to the neighborhood," said Javid in a telephone interview. "All it needs is filling it back up and getting the right management."

Javid said if the store can reopen earlier, management will try to do so, adding that the neighborhood needs the grocer.