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SAVE-A-LOT OPENS ITS DOORS IN ESSEX

New food store offers 20-40 percent grocery savings compared to conventional grocers

Essex, Maryland  February 24, 2010 – Save-A-Lot food stores, the nation’s leading hard discount grocery chain, today opens its first store in Essex. The company’s newest store is located at 116 Stemmers Run in Essex, Maryland.

“Save-A-Lot is committed to building stores in areas that are in need of access to fresh, nutritious food at a great price,” said Gene Kissinger, District Manager. “We are proud to be a member of the Essex community and look forward to providing budget-conscious, value-seeking shoppers with great food at great prices.”

The new store is open seven days a week from 8 AM until 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 8Am until 8 PM Sunday. Local shoppers can expect to find excellent quality food and save an average of 20 to 40 percent on grocery bills.

In addition to the newest store, Save-A-Lot currently operates 20 stores throughout the state, with 6 locations in Baltimore.

Nourishing Families, Nurturing Communities

Save-A-Lot is making a $2,500 gift card donation to Eastern Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry to help with its mission to reduce hunger as part of their commitment to the Essex community.

“This gift from Save-A-Lot comes at the perfect time as we continue to help Essex’s struggling families during these tough economic times. We serve nearly 300 families a month,” said Merle Bolger, Food Pantry Director. “We thank Save-A-Lot for their generosity and look forward to having a new community partner for area families.”

Save-A-Lot also strives for environmental responsibility with efficient operations and productive use of resources. This includes operating a strategically located distribution center in Williamsport, MD in order to reduce fuel and energy use. In addition, Save-A-Lot has introduced strict green practices in its stores, distribution centers and corporate offices, including recycling paper, plastic, cardboard boxes and aluminum.

Your New Neighbor

The grand opening of the Save-A-Lot food store offers the Essex community affordable, easy access to food and groceries, and brought 24 jobs to the area—with many store associates from the local neighborhood. The new store is 18,000 square feet, packed full of shopping staples, including quality meats and fresh produce.

About Save-A-Lot Food Stores

Save-A-Lot is one of the nation's leading hard discount grocery chains, operating nearly 1,200 stores in 39 states from Maine to California. Serving more than 5 million shoppers each week, Save-A-Lot offers a savings of 20 to 40 percent less on groceries when compared to conventional stores. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus USDA-inspected meat and farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products, along with a full line of baby products and the most popular grocery and household items. Save-A-Lot helps its customers live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a smart, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people every day. For more information on Save-A-Lot or to locate a store, please visit www.save-a-lot.com.