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ST. LOUIS -- December 22, 2005 -- Soon, Martin, Tennessee, shoppers can continue to 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 larger, more contemporary store, located at 4200 Skyhawk Parkway, is scheduled to open on Thursday, December 29 at 8 a.m. and will replace the former Save-A-Lot, located at 709 Elm Street.

Shoppers will enjoy a more convenient shopping experience in the newer, brighter Save-A-Lot store with an updated decor. In addition, the store will now have a selection of general merchandise with all items priced at $1.

"It will be a new experience. Martin shoppers will be pleasantly surprised when they visit this great looking store and experience Save-A-Lot's value equation - great food at great prices," said Jaime Folsom, company spokesperson. "And our Dollar Department provides a treasure hunt shopping experience and promises shocking values on items shoppers buy each day."

Save-A-Lot is the nation's fastest growing limited assortment grocery chain in the U.S. with 1,250+ 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 - about 14,000 - 18,000-square-feet - also makes shopping more convenient. "Our store size allows customers to have a quick and easy shopping experience," Folsom 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," Folsom said.

The new Martin 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 continue to be operated by the Houchens Group which operate 200 stores across the country. Chris Dunlap will manage the store and a staff of about 20 employees. The store will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.

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Jaime Powers, Corporate Communications