keep it fresh and cut it several times a day.”
Kretschmar is the house brand.
“Kretschmar is a nice, staple, middle brand that you can put up
against Boar’s Head or Dietz & Watson. It is a very good product,”
McNabb says. “We hang our hat on it and do very good promotions
with them. We use Kretschmar in all of our sandwiches because we
feel it is as good as you can get.”
WHALE OF A SIGNATURE SANDWICH
SHOP ‘n SAVE also hangs its hat on its signature Jumbo Fish
Sandwich, offered every Wednesday and Friday at the incredible
price of $6.99.
“It is pure cod, 10-12 ounces, and I would put it up against any
fish sandwich you ever had,” McNabb says, adding that he offers the
same sandwich in his Castle Shannon store. “Both my stores make
it the same way. That was the first thing I looked at when I took this
store over was whose fish they were using. They were using the same
fish and the same breading as we were in Castle Shannon,” he says.
“During Lent we’ll have lines up, people keep coming by and it
is hard to keep up with it. We’re very proud of this sandwich and
will never change it. Some chains will throw a Pollack into their
fish sandwich – it is not the same. You can taste the difference. And
don’t even compare ours to McDonald’s because that does not even
come into this. Ours is on-par with what you would get in a good
seafood restaurant. They would charge you $10 or $12, and ours will
still be bigger.”
Most of the fish sandwiches and other hot foods are prepared by
deli manager Mike Manko. “Mike just takes so much pride in his
work. He wants to see everybody come back and say, ‘Thanks. This
was good!’ That’s his goal,” McNabb says.
Catering is also a rapidly growing business in the deli and meat
“We are nestled next to a business park, so we get a lot of that busi-
ness,” McNabb says. “Some will just ask us to bring the hamburger
patties and we’ll deliver it to them and they’ll cook them on their
own grill, and some we’ll cook the roast here and we’ll go and carve
it out on-site. We also do cookie platters; deli-cooked chicken, and
sandwich rings do very well for us.”
Come lunchtime, many of those business park workers make
it over to SHOP ‘n SAVE and make their own salad at the Create
Your Own Salad Bar for $5.99 a pound. “We’re constantly chang-
ing it up,” McNabb says, noting the new Grape Salad made with red
and green seedless grapes, cream cheese, brown sugar and pecans.
“Mike does a very good job of overlooking that. He knows what our
Although the majority of its product is parbaked, the in-store
bakery department in the right rear quarter of the store has a large
open prep area. In addition to store-made brownies and cookies,
there are artisan breads supplied via Supervalu, as well as products
from the locally popular Theresa’s Italian Bakery cookies, Grandma
AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO BE HIGHLY
ENGAGED WITH THE COMMUNITY, Cranberry
Township SHOP ‘n SAVE participates in a number of
Supervalu-sponsored initiatives including the S. E. E. D.
program. An acronym for Student Extra Education
Development, S. E. E. D. is tied in with SHOP ‘n SAVE’s
fuel Perks Card frequent shopper card, which offers
discounts on gasoline at area Sunoco stations. S. E. E. D.
allows schools to raise funds to receive visits from The
Pittsburgh Zoo, PPG Aquarium and Carnegie Science
Center when a dedicated amount is reached per student.
To participate in S. E. E. D., customers can link their Perks
Card to the school/organization of their choice. Each time
they shop, they simply swipe their card and their purchases are automatically added to the school’s total.
“The zoo, aquarium or Carnegie Science Center will
then go to the school or one of our stores and do an educational presentation there,” says Dan McNabb, owner
of the Cranberry Township SHOP ‘n SAVE. “The customers love it. They get to see animals they don’t normally
see and learn fun facts about them. The aquarium and
the zoo are trying to get people to come down and
engage with them, so it’s a win-win for both. Plus, it’s a
way to get kids off their phones for a while.”