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SAVE-A-LOT ASSIST RESIDENTS IN FLOOD RECOVERY

St. Louis -- July 10, 2001 -- In the wake of flooding that hit hard several West Virginia counties – including McDowle, Wyoming, Raleigh, Kanuha and Fayette – Save-A-Lot, Ltd., St. Louis, in conjunction with Save-A-Lot licensed retailer Houchens Industries, is donating supplies to the communities to aid in recovery efforts.

With the assistance of the National Guard, four local Save-A-Lot stores will serve as distribution points for bottled drinking water and bleach. National Guard personnel are distributing product received at the following Save-A-Lot locations: the Cedar Grove store on U.S. Route 60, 25039; the Gualey Bridge store at 352 Main Street, 25085; the Welch store at 700 Virginia Avenue, 24801; and the Pineville store at Rt. 10 North, 24874.

"When tragedy strikes we are committed to lending a helping hand. We are neighborhood grocery stores and we are doing what we can to make this situation easier for everyone," said Wayne Woody, Vice President and Division Manager for Houchens Industries' licensed Save-A-Lot stores. "Our concern is for the well-being of the community residents. We will supply clean drinking water, and we are donating bleach to help people clean up and disinfect after the flooding."

Shipping of drinking water and bleach began early on Tuesday, July 10 and continues.

Flooding in West Virginia has left many residents without fresh water. Damage to homes and businesses will require intensive clean-up efforts in the days to come. Save-A-Lot will continue to take an active role in the community's recovery efforts.

Dan Kimack, manager of Corporate Communications
Dan.Kimack@Save-A-Lot.com