ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There are some familiar sights and sounds you won’t be seeing and hearing at your neighborhood Schnucks store from now on.
No longer will you hear the bells of the Salvation Army around Christmas time nor will you see little girls with colorful posters selling Thin Mints. Schnucks is banning all solicitors at its stores in an effort to provide a more “pleasant shopping experience.”
Here’s the company’s statement:
“Schnucks has always been and always will be committed to community service and supporting organizations, entities and individuals in their community activities. However, our primary obligation is servicing our customers by providing the most pleasant and convenient shopping environment. Because of this, we have decided to end the solicitation of our customers or distribution of written or other materials at our stores.”
The change is not sitting well with many people on the official Schnucks Facebook page.
Facebook user John Ralph Moynihan writes: “My father’s Korean War Veterans group got the majority of their funding from collecting outside of your stores. Can you write them a letter explaining why they won’t be able to do that anymore?”
Another user, Renee Burgart Schrader, writes, “Change your Motto – You are NOT the Friendliest store in town.”
Schnucks will continue to donate to charities through the My Schnucks Card program. Last year it donated $1.8 million to area not-for-profit organizations.
“We will also be exploring new and different ways to partner with community groups,” a Schnucks spokesman added.
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