The shelves are staying: Shop ‘n Save employees

One thing known about the now-vacant 57,575 square foot space (per leasing info) is that the shelves are staying. That’s according to some Shop ‘n Save employees wearing corporate badges when the store was closing. Rumors have been floating about the future of the site. One local grocery chain — Schnucks — when contacted, didn’t confirm or deny anything — just: “In keeping with company policy, we don’t comment on rumor or speculation. As always, if we have news to announce regarding future locations, we will share it at the appropriate time.”

Shop ‘n Save sign is gone

The now closed Maplewood Shop ‘n Save lost its sign on Tuesday. It closed on Saturday with the final discount hitting 75 percent for everything in the store. So far no word about the future of the location. See also: Shop ‘n Save closing pushed up: it’s Saturday, Shop ‘n Save only store leaving Maplewood Square employees say

Maplewood P&Z votes to recommend tattoo studio

The Maplewood Plan and Zoning Commission on Monday voted to recommend to the city council that the owners of All Star tattoo studio be permitted to move their business from its current location in University City to 2801- 2803 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Most members of the commission, and two neighbors that spoke in the hearing, were mostly concerned with parking. One owner said there could be 10 – 12 cars parked there at any one time. Owners Nate Strautkalns and Alan Thompson said they plan to buy all three parcels and use the now empty lot to the north for a parking lot, which can accommodate 14 spaces, City Public Works Director Anthony Traxler said. Neighbor Susan Johnson said she wasn’t opposed to a tattoo studio but still wished it was opening on Manchester Road, though she said she preferred this to a Jack in a Box at that location.

Shop ‘n Save closing pushed up: it’s Saturday

As shoppers empty the shelves at the Maplewood Shop ‘n Save on Friday, word from an employee now is that the store will shut its doors for good at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Residents haven’t have much time to adjust. The Union Local 655 told its members the store would close just two weeks ago. Then, the word was that the store would close its doors on June 15. If you’ve been waiting to go for a good price on your favorite item you might be too late.

Hearing planned for ‘vintage boutique’ in Maplewood; update: it’s been postponed

Some Maplewood residents received a notice in the mail for a planned ‘vintage boutique’ at 2714 Sutton Boulevard. Shana Watkins Photography moved from the location at the corner of Sutton and Marietta Avenue. Katie May has made a request for a conditional use permit for the shop. Maplewood Planning and Zoning will consider the request and hear citizens’ comments on June 4 at Maplewood City Hall. The commission will vote on a recommendation to the city council at the meeting.

Lease signed for new Taco Bell

Dan Lesseg, who owns the property in Maplewood where Tim Hortons built a shop and operated until it closed in December, has said Taco Bell signed a lease on Tuesday. The news that Taco Bell was moving there (2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard) from the 6660 Manchester Avenue location broke in April, when employees from there and other locations said it was impending. At the time an employee at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location said it would happen around November 2018. See also: Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees, Maplewood neighbors meet Taco Bell reps: discuss noise, lights


Maplewood Shop ‘n Save discounts go deeper

The Shop ‘n Save in Maplewood, which is shutting its doors in mid-June, has gone to the next level of discounts, an employee at the courtesy counter said Wednesday morning. Some items have been discounted 20 percent. The discounts is now are 40 to 75 percent. See also: Maplewood Shop ‘n Save to close, Union Local 655 says, Shop ‘n Save’s closing date is set, employees say

So if you’ve been waiting now’s the time. FYI, the beer aisle was already getting sparse on Tuesday.

Police continues to search for missing Maplewood woman

Maplewood police are continuing to search for a Maplewood woman who has been missing since last week. Barbara Johnson, 62, was last seen on May 16  around 3 p.m. in the 7200 block of Manchester Road. According to the Search and Rescue Facebook page, Johnson is about 4-foot-10, she is suffering from osteoarthritis, anxiety, bipolar, and severe alcoholism. She does not have her house keys, wallet, ID, bus pass, metro pass, money or cell phone on her. She hasn’t been seen or heard from for about nine days.

Maplewood biz owner takes part in Trailnet Bike to Work Day

The only Trailnet Bike to Work Day coffee stop in Maplewood Friday monring was at Zee Bee Market, manned by owner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon. At 8:30 a.m. he said he had seen seven bikers go by (in the rain). Two took the time to stop. He was serving coffee and scones from Foundation Grounds. Zegarra-Ballon said he plans to participate every year.

House fire in Maplewood doused; residents think caused by cigarettes tossed on leaves

Maplewood and other area fire departments put down a house fire in the 3600 block of Commonwealth Avenue that started at a little after 8 p.m. on Tuesday. There were no injuries reported. Second floor resident Christian Hoppenjans said when they first noticed smoke they thought it was an electrical appliance so they turned everything off, then saw that it was coming through the vents. “So we just did a lap around the house and the fire was in the back porch, it was about this tall [five feet],” he said. “We immediately started pulling out buckets, and we obviously immediately called the fire department, but they came out, they said you don’t understand, it’s in the basement.

Man stopped for ‘acting suspiciously’ hid behind tree when officer passed while on patrol

Maplewood Police posted on social media on Monday that a man police stopped for “acting suspiciously” in a residential area had a gun. According to Maplewood Police: “On 4/29/2018, a 33-year-old man from northern St. Louis County was stopped for acting suspiciously in a residential area. During the stop, it was discovered that he was a fugitive and a convicted felon in possession of a .45 caliber handgun.” Updated with further information: Cpl. Dan Fernandez saw the subject at 3:30 a.m. while on routine patrol near Sutton Boulevard and Richmond Place.