ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay took to Twitter on Tuesday, his Inauguration Day, to support the embattled Schnucks grocery store chain.

In a tweet shortly after six o’clock Tuesday morning, the mayor pointed out that Schnuck Markets “remains the largest grocer in the city” and “willing to build in food deserts.”

The tweet came a day after the company acknowledged that the credit card information of 2.4 million Schnucks customers may have been compromised between December 2012 and March 2013.

According to campaign fundraising figures, Mayor Slay received at least $20,000 from Schnuck Markets, Inc. during his bid for an historic fourth term as the city’s mayor.

Schnucks says it was told of a security issue on March 15, formed a response team on March 19, contacted police on the 20th, and began to identify the problem on the 28th, but didn’t communicate any concern to customers until March 30.

Monday’s revelation led to a recorded apology by its owner, Scott Schnuck.

“On behalf of myself, the Schnuck family, and all of our 15,000 teammates, I apologize to everyone affected by this incident,” he said.


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