A former CV’s Family Foods is being converted to a Shoppers Value Foods and will be reopened next Wednesday.

The store at 9401 Highway 253 South in Fort Smith, just off Interstate 540 at Exit 14, will be closed March 12-13 in preparation for a reopening on March 14 as a Shoppers Value Foods.

Ron Newby, general manager of the store, explained the store sells items at “cost plus 10 percent.”

The product's shelf price is the manufacturer list cost, plus the total expense it takes to buy and get the product from the supplier to the shelf, Newby states. This includes freight, fuel surcharge, service fees, labor, benefits, packaging, warehouse charges and shrink wrap.

A Shoppers Value Foods flyer notes their business model is a "volume thing" that relies on their ability to determine the cost of each item by the expense it takes to get the product from the warehouse to the shelf. From that they add 10 percent for overhead and profit. The flyer asks shoppers to compare receipts from the last place shopped to "see the difference.

Shoppers Value Foods can be found throughout the South, with many located in Louisiana and Mississippi. Others are also in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia. This will be the seventh Shoppers Value Foods in an Arkansas-Oklahoma division, with the six others in the area located at 106 U.S. 71 N. in Alma, 3408 Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith, 601 Pointer Trail East in Van Buren and 600 E. Cherokee in Sallisaw. There are also Shoppers Value Food stores in Stilwell and Choteau, Okla.

The bakery at the former CV’s Family Foods will continue to offer desserts and fresh-baked breads. And the deli will continue to serve hot foods, lunch meats and cheeses, along with sandwiches and salads, Newby adds.