Saddle Creek Baker's store considers adding a gas station

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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am

The Baker's Supermarket at 888 S. Saddle Creek Road is exploring the possibility of constructing a covered fueling center on the northern portion of the property, a company spokeswoman said.

Baker's has filed a request asking that the city rezone the Saddle Creek Road location to accommodate a gas station.

Despite those steps, Baker's spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie said the retailer is still “exploring and evaluating the addition of a fuel center at this point” and has not finalized any plans.

Baker's, a subsidiary of the Kroger Co., operates 10 supermarkets in the Omaha area. Only one location — at 17370 Lakeside Hills Plaza — has a gas station and convenience store, which opened about a year ago.

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Nationwide, more grocery retailers are pairing their supermarkets with their own on-site fueling stations. West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee, for example, operates eight gas stations in Omaha and one in Council Bluffs. Sam's Club, owned by Walmart, operates gas stations at its four Nebraska locations, including Omaha.

The Omaha Planning Department has recommended the city approve the Saddle Creek rezoning on condition that Baker's provide for the release of the easement on the north end of the lot and coordinate with Omaha Metro on changes or possible improvements to the existing bus stop. The Planning Board has endorsed the idea, and the final decision will require a vote of the City Council.

Baker's currently operates a fuel savings point program for customers. Points are accumulated based on grocery purchases. Points can be redeemed for fuel discounts at the chain's Lakeside Plaza fuel center or Kwik Shops, Lowrie said.

Kroger, based in Cincinnati, purchased the Baker's brand in 2001. Baker's is managed by the company's Dillon division, which operates grocery stores under the Baker's, Dillons and Gerbes banners and, in Fremont., Neb., Food 4 Less.

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