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St. Louis -- July 5, 2001 -- Dave Bloomquist, Grocery Procurement Manager for Save-A-Lot Food Stores, recently was named one of 10 winners in the third annual Best Buyer competition sponsored by Frozen Food Age magazine. Bloomquist, who is directly responsible for frozen food procurement, will receive his award October 8 during the National Frozen Food Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Bloomquist has over the past three years helped Save-A-Lot evolve and expand its successful frozen food selection. From almost 100 buyers nationwide, Bloomquist was voted as one of the best by representatives from the retail and wholesale/distributor frozen food industry.

"It's been a very positive experience being a part of Save-A-Lot's tremendous growth over the last few years," Bloomquist said. "We've been very successful with our mix of frozen food items. While Save-A-Lot continues to offer its own custom, exclusive-label products – including frozen foods like vegetables – we've been able to blend an important assortment of branded items into our cases. I think that today we have a very good selection of both branded and custom products."

Save-A-Lot is the nation's largest and fastest-growing edited assortment grocery chain with over 900 stores in 36 states. The company has achieved its growth and success by developing a different way of retailing. Its stores offer customers the most popular size and variety of the most frequently purchased grocery items at savings up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores. The edited assortment of approximately 1,250 products, smaller size of the stores, and incredible industry buying power work together to reduce operating expenses and provide savings to customers.

Prior to joining Save-A-Lot, Bloomquist worked for Meijer Inc. and Dollar General after graduating from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He and his wife and two children reside in O'Fallon, Missouri.

Dan Kimack, manager of Corporate Communications