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SAVE-A-LOT FOOD STORES; ARGENTINE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW STORE IN ARGENTINE

ST. LOUIS, December 5, 2013 – Save-A-Lot, one of the nation's leading hard-discount, limited assortment grocery chains and a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) and the Argentine neighborhood Development Association (ANDA), today announced the opening of a new store at 2101 Metropolitan Ave, in Argentine, on Thursday, December 5.  After more than five years of work on this project, the new Argentine Save-A-Lot will end the federally designated food desert in the area, bringing healthy and fresh produce, dairy and meats options to many local families, will be open for business seven days a week; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

“Thanks to efforts and assistance of Save-A-Lot, ABC Corp, Ferguson Properties, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Governor Brownback and the state of Kansas, our generous funders including the Department of Health and Human Services, strong community support,  and the board of directors of ANDA, Argentine is now able to open grocery store after a ten year absence. It is a welcomed and convenient addition to the exciting and much needed commercial development that is taking place in the 3rd District." said Ann Brandau Murguia, Executive Director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association. “We also can’t wait to see the impact that ending this food desert will have on the health and well-being of the entire community.”

“Save-A-Lot is committed to offering fresh produce, dairy and USDA-inspected meat, as well as other essential grocery and household items to shoppers at an affordable price — typically up to 40 percent less than traditional grocery stores,” says Glenn Dickson, Save-A-Lot Midwest Director of Operations. “We look forward to welcoming shoppers to our new Argentine location.”

Each Save-A-Lot store carries a carefully selected assortment of 1,200 to 1,500 of the most popular, in-demand everyday grocery essentials, including farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, USDA-inspected meats, dairy products, bakery goods, shelf-ready and frozen foods, household goods, pet food, baby, and health and beauty care products. Save-A-Lot stores, which average about 15,000 square feet, feature a wide range of high-quality brands, including Save-A-Lot Today™, Coburn Farms® and Tipton Grove™, produced exclusively for Save-A-Lot by many of the country’s leading food manufacturers. Save-A-Lot shoppers enjoy easy savings up to 40 percent when compared to conventional grocery stores– without sacrificing quality.  

Save-A-Lot also shares community commitment to the environment with efficient operations, reduction of excess and productive use of our resources. This includes operating 16 strategically located distribution centers which reduces fuel and energy costs. In addition, Save-A-Lot recycles paper, plastic, cardboard box and aluminum and supports a green culture with our associates in our offices, stores and distribution centers. Save-A-Lot is also committed to the procurement of locally grown produce in several distribution centers, reducing the impact of shipping product across the country and supporting local farmers.

The company currently owns or licenses 8 stores in Kansas area.

About Save-A-Lot Food Stores

Save-A-Lot,  a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU), is headquartered in St. Louis and is one of the nation’s leading hard-discount, carefully selected assortment grocery chains, operating more than 1,300 stores in 39 states from Maine to California. Serving more than 5 million shoppers each week, Save-A-Lot offers savings of up to 40 percent on groceries when compared to conventional stores. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus fresh meat and farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy, along with the most popular grocery and household items. Save-A-Lot helps its customers live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a smart, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people every day. For more information on Save-A-Lot or to locate a store, please visit www.save-a-lot.com.

About the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association

Argentine is a mature urban neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas with a stable population that was showing signs of decay despite the community vitality and loyalty of its residents.  Since 2004, the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association (ANDA) has been dedicated to building long term relationships with businesses, governments and individuals to help the Argentine community realize their maximum benefit through housing stock, commercial development, infrastructure improvement and community involvement.

New quality affordable housing has been constructed and offered in a lease to purchase program. Also, ANDA has successfully coordinated public and private resources to improve the streets, curbs and sidewalks. In addition, ANDA is addressing the commercial blight in the area.  This has involved seeking out potential commercial operations, thinking in terms of a master plan for the area and bringing in experts to help determine effective strategies. As a result, new commercial businesses are being located in the neighborhood. Included in the commercial development is a grocery store being constructed in Argentine food desert.   

ANDA is a Kansas non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC) which is certified as a tax-exempt 501c3 organization by the IRS.  ANDA is certified by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).  The business of the corporation is managed by an 11-member board of directors who serve without compensation.  It currently has a full-time staff of three and part-time staff of one and pursues its business activities with partnerships and collaborations with a variety of independent contractors.