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September 10, 1998

Schnucks Named Largest Provider of Supermarket Drug Store Services in U.S.

ST. LOUIS -- Schnuck Markets, Inc. has been named the most successful provider of supermarket drug store services in the U.S. as measured by share of market, according to a list of the largest drug store chains in the top 50 markets published by Mass Market Retailers.

According to the study, Schnucks' pharmacies serve 13 percent of the drug store customers in the St. Louis area, the largest percentage of customers compared to other supermarkets in the top 50 markets. Schnucks operates 61 full-service pharmacies in metropolitan St. Louis.

The rankings were based on sales of prescriptions and related over-the-counter products. The rankings appeared in the June issue and are based on research conducted by Racher Press Research, a division of Racher Press, Inc., publisher of Mass Market Retailers.

"We've been committed to serving customers with our in-store pharmacies since we opened our first pharmacy in 1969," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer. "We believe our in-store pharmacy services are a very important part of the total convenience we offer our customers. Our size enables us to provide customers with good value, access to almost all health care plans and many convenient locations."

The list ranked St. Louis the 17th largest market.

"Local supermarkets now can be a `drug store of choice'," according to Scot Meyer, senior editor of Mass Market Retailers. "If the supermarket has a pharmacist they [customers] trust and sells what they want, it really becomes their `drug store,' too."

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 89 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.