Former Green Park grocery store to reopen as furniture store


Photo by Bill Milligan

The Green Park Shop ‘n Save, one of the Shop ‘n Saves in the area that was converted to a Schnucks in 2018.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

The Green Park Planning Commission recommended approval of a signage plan March 1 for Kloss Furniture at 5764 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The city’s Board of Aldermen was slated to hear the plan at its March 21 meeting at 7 p.m. at Green Park City Hall, 11100 Mueller Road.

The 78,000-square-foot location had been a Shop ‘n Save, which was taken over by Schnucks in October 2018. That Schnucks then closed down in February of last year. 

The signage plan included four 12-foot by 12-foot banner signs, which could change based on any sales or events happening at the store, plus the main front entrance sign.

“The content could change and it’s not something the city monitors as long as the signs remain the same in terms of footprint,” City Administrator James Mello said.

By city code, buildings are allowed 5 percent coverage by signs, and the Kloss plan would put its coverage at around 8.5 percent. It is not uncommon for larger signs to be approved in Green Park. Vice Chairman Dave Van de Reit said he was happy to see a different plan from what Schnucks had in the past.

“I was concerned they were basically just going to throw the name up and it was going to look like the same building … I think this, in my opinion, nicely dresses it up and gives it a different look,” Van de Reit said.

Commissioners weren’t sure how the 12-by-12-foot signs would be lit based on the plan received by the city, which stated they would be “internally lit.” Mello guessed the signs would be similar to movie theater poster signs, where a box with LED lighting surrounds the banners, but the commission added the condition that Kloss provide further clarification before aldermen hear the plan.

The commission also stipulated that the banners be kept in good condition, as canvas can deteriorate over time.