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New Save Mart Donates To Schools
With a ribbon cutting, speeches and presentation of checks to local schools, Save Mart opened a Riverbank branch in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Wednesday.

Performances by Riverbank High's ROTC, RHS cheerleaders and Cardozo's color guard kicked off the outside events that drew well over a hundred spectators.

Other local residents were already shopping. First day patrons and their shopping carts continued to leave the main doors and thread their way through the officials as the speeches continued.

Favored by early morning sunshine on a chilly day, Riverbank Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Vikki Peters welcomed the new grocery store to town and recognized the presence of Mayor Chris Crifasi, City Manager Rich Holmer, several council members and officials of the chamber.

Store Manager Kelly Bizzini thanked everyone for coming, talked about the new store's offerings and the company's commitment to serving customers. He introduced his department managers, assistant manager Louie Ibarra, center store manger Mike Harper, produce manager Brian Tomao, meat manager Al Contreas, bakery/deli manager Auburn Wilder and pharmacy manager Yuthana Ham.

Save Mart's Executive Vice President Steve Junqueiro then took the microphone to introduce members of his executive team, Ray Agah, Steve Beaver and Bob Huck, and said a few words about the company's commitment to Riverbank and how proud it is of its family of employees.

Junqueiro and Bizzini then joined in donating $500 to Riverbank High School represented by ROTC Commander Harlan Woodward, a $250 donation to Cardozo Middle School received by student body president Jessica Zarate and another $250 check to Rio Altura Elementary School represented by teacher and student council advisor Lupe Duarte.