ST. LOUIS – On Monday, Aug. 21 at approximately 1:18 p.m., the St. Louis metropolitan area will experience its first TOTAL solar eclipse since 1442 – 50 years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. To celebrate this extremely rare occurrence, Schnucks has partnered with the Gateway Arch Park Foundation to host an eclipse party in downtown St. Louis.
The two St. Louis institutions are inviting all to attend the party from noon – 2 p.m. on the day of the eclipse at Luther Ely Smith Square at the corner of 4th and Market Street. There will be a variety of food trucks on hand, and Schnucks will be offering complimentary special solar eclipse cookies – baked fresh at Schnucks Bakery (while supplies last).
Schnucks Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Nadin reminds sky gazers that it’s never safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection. (Normal or even darkened sunglasses are not safe enough.) “To protect everyone’s eyes at the party, Schnucks will be handing out special solar eclipse glasses FREE of charge,” Nadin said. “For those not able to attend the party, starting Aug. 7 and while supplies last, the glasses will be available at no charge at the courtesy center of St. Louis metropolitan area Schnucks stores as well as other select stores in the eclipse path.” (For a complete list of stores and more information on the event, please visit schnucks.com/totaleclipse.)
Parking will be available at the Kiener East, Kiener West and Stadium East Garages. For more parking options, visit getaroundstl.com.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schnucks.