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St. Louis -- September 5, 2006 -- Save-A-Lot, the nation's largest limited assortment grocery chain, announces it will open two Portland, Ore.-area stores at 6828 SE Foster in the Southeast Portland Arleta neighborhood and at 6100 SE King Road in Milwaukie, Ore. The company is committed to offering local shoppers high-quality groceries at a savings of up to 40 percent. Both stores are expected to open Wednesday, Sept. 20. In addition, Save-A-Lot's entrance into the Pacific Northwest includes stores in Tacoma and Pasco, Wash., supported by a state-of-the-art distribution center in Portland. These openings represent the first phase of Save-A-Lot's expansion into the region.

"We are excited to introduce the Save-A-Lot concept to the Portland and Milwaukie areas," said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO. "Save-A-Lot's limited-assortment retailing method and immense buying power allows us to offer the best quality groceries at a significant savings."

The new stores 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 products like health and beauty care items. Save-A-Lot also offers a selection of unique general merchandise items, including party supplies, gift bags, greeting cards, seasonal gifts and decorations, children?s toys, as well as houseware and hardware items.

Save-A-Lot stores will be open seven days a week and will employ approximately 15 - 20 employees.

Jaime Powers