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St. Louis -- September 19, 2001 -- Save-A-Lot, the nation's largest and fastest growing edited assortment grocery chain with almost 1,000 stores in 36 states, will soon serve Chicago area neighborhoods as the company continues its rapid expansion. The company will celebrate the grand opening of its new Dolton store at 960 Sibley Blvd. on Thursday, September 27, at 8:30 a.m.

As Save-A-Lot kicks off its Chicago area market entry, Dolton and other neighborhood shoppers can begin saving up to 40% or more on groceries. Dolton Mayor William "Bill" Shaw, Markham Mayor David Webb, Jr., other dignitaries and the Thornbridge High School marching band will welcome Save-A-Lot during Thursday morning's celebration.

Gift bags will be given to the first 500 shoppers and "Taste Our Quality" days will be held Thursday through Saturday. Festivities continue Friday with an appearance from the Chicago Tribune's costumed mascot Spot at 10 a.m. On Saturday, live entertainment includes Jelly Bean the clown and radio station WVAZ at 10 a.m.

"Great food and great prices! That's what Save-A-Lot will bring to Dolton and about six other locations in the Chicago area this year," said Dan Kimack, Manager of Corporate Communications. "Everybody wants to save money on groceries. That's why we've been so successful. Chicago is a great market for us. We're thankful for the warm reception we've received from community leaders and residents."

At its current rate of growth Save-A-Lot will double its number of stores within five years. The company already doubled its number of stores over the last five years.

"If a person spends an average of $65 per week on groceries, shopping at their bright, clean and convenient Save-A-Lot can mean saving more than $100 each month," Kimack said. "Because of our edited assortment method of retailing and the incredible buying power of almost 1,000 stores, Save-A-Lot stores offer the highest quality products - many under our own exclusive labels - at terrific savings."

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. The edited assortment of products, smaller size of the stores and incredible buying power work together to reduce operating expenses. These savings are passed on to the customer through lower prices.

The smaller store size – about 12,000- or 14,000-square-feet – also makes shopping more convenient. "Customers enjoy the quick and easy shopping experience," Kimack said. "And our edited assortment format means that we've already done some of the shopping for them."

Save-A-Lot carries an assortment of national brand and exclusive label products. To ensure that these products are of the highest standard, Save-A-Lot has a test kitchen, full-time economist and rigorous quality assurance procedures. "If a product does not meet Save-A-Lot's standards for top quality, we won't carry it. It's that simple," Kimack said.

The new Dolton store will carry about 1,250 of the most frequently purchased grocery items, including fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, canned goods and packaged items, frozen foods and more, plus non-food items like health and beauty aids.

The Dolton store will have a staff of about 25 employees. Store hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-6p.m. Sunday.

Founded with a single store in 1977, Save-A-Lot is a self-distributing company.

Dan Kimack, Manager of Corporate Communications