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SAVE-A-LOT OPENS 2nd STORE IN HARTFORD, CT

ST. LOUIS -- January 3, 2006 - Soon, additional Hartford, Connecticut, shoppers can save up to 40 percent on groceries and find incredible $1 general merchandise buys on everyday items at their new Save-A-Lot Food Store. The store, located at 1888 Main Street in the Metro Center, is Save-A-Lot's second store in Hartford. The store's grand opening celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting on Friday, January 13 at 8 a.m. and will be attended by Hartford's Mayor Eddie Perez.

Save-A-Lot, a full service grocery store, will be an anchor tenant in the Metro Center Shopping Center. The shopping center, now occupying an area which sat vacant for many years, is a brand new service-oriented retail development located in the Clay-Arsenal Neighborhood. "Save-A-Lot is very excited to be part of the revitalization of a neighborhood that is underserved and in much need of a grocery store that can provide the quality and savings we offer," said Bob Dwane, division manager for Save-A-Lot.

"Shoppers will be pleasantly surprised when they first visit the store and experience Save-A-Lot's value equation - great food at great prices," said Dwane. "And our Dollar Department provides great values on general merchandise items shoppers buy each day."

Save-A-Lot is the nation's fastest growing edited assortment grocery chain in the U.S. with 1,250-plus stores in 39 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. 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 - 15,000-square-feet - also makes shopping more convenient. "Our store size allows customers to have a quick and easy shopping experience," Dwane said. "And our edited-assortment format means that we've already done some of the shopping for our customers. We know they expect to find great food at great prices."

Save-A-Lot carries both selected national brand items and exclusive label products. To ensure that Save-A-Lot's exclusive label products are as good or better than name brand items, the company has a test kitchen, a 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," Dwane said.

The new 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 care. The dollar department will include unique items, including, kitchen needs, plasticware, cosmetics, seasonal gifts and decorations, housewares, hardware, party supplies, gift bags, greeting cards and children's toys.

The store will have a staff of about 30 employees, all residents of nearby Hartford neighborhoods. The store will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Jaime Powers, Corporate Communications
jaime.powers@save-a-lot.com