Contact: Marie McGeehan at Casey Communications, Inc., 314/962-0944, or Dee Wetzel at Schnuck Markets, Inc., 314/994-4608.

March 23, 1999

Schnucks Opens Largest Supermarket in Franklin County on Tuesday, March 23

Bringing Great Product Variety, Selection and Best Value to Customers

WASHINGTON - Schnuck Markets, Inc. will offer customers in Franklin County great product variety, selection and value when it opens its new 59,000-square-foot Schnucks Supercenter on Tuesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. The combination food and drug store is the largest supermarket in Franklin County. The store is located in the Washington Crossing Shopping Center on the southwest corner of Highways 100 and 47.

The Schnucks Supercenter at Washington Crossing Shopping Center anchors the 42-acre, 101,000-square-foot retail center. The center includes an additional 42,000 square feet of retail space. It is the largest commercial development in the history of Franklin County. The new Schnucks Supercenter replaces the existing 25,000-square-foot Schnucks at 810 Country Corners, directly north across Highway 100.

The store will employ about 175 full-time and part-time associates. The 74 Schnucks associates at the old store transferred to the new store.

"We are delighted to build a new store for the Washington community and our Franklin

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County customers," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer. "At Schnucks Washington Crossing, our goal is to offer our customers the friendliest service, and the best selection and highest quality foods at an exceptional value."

City officials expressed support for the new development. "As Mayor of Washington, I welcome the new Schnucks development and store," said Washington Mayor Walter E. Larson. "We know that Schnucks will be an active participant in our community and civic programs."

New Schnucks Offers Product Quality, Tremendous Variety and Value

Washington customers will find name brand favorites, a full selection of President's Choice products plus Schnucks' line of private label premium products at attractive prices.

The new 24-hour Schnucks Supercenter features a market decor. A greatly expanded fresh produce department will be displayed in a European market atmosphere with attractive wooden tables and market carts. Included in the market area is a greatly expanded deli, bakery, service meat and seafood departments, a new deli/carryout food bar service and a new floral department. These departments will be arranged in an open area beneath a high exposed, painted structural ceiling that creates an open-market atmosphere.

A complete in-store bakery offers in-store cake decorating and Nancy Anne Bakery items, including fresh bagels and the Healthy Living line of low-or no-fat cakes, brownies and muffins.

An extensive line of wines, beers and liquor will be featured in the liquor department.

The store also will feature a service and self-service meat department featuring certified

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Angus beef and a service seafood department offering fresh and frozen seafood.

Other department features include a full line grocery, frozen food and dairy departments, general merchandise, health and beauty care products and an expanded bulk food and nutrition department.

Convenient Services

A full-service pharmacy and complete drug store will be available. The pharmacy will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Schnucks now operates 79 pharmacies in three states.

Convenient "grab and go" meal services for lunch and dinner will save time for busy Washington customers. The deli department offers a complete food bar/salad bar, hot food and Oriental carryout plus take-out sandwiches, salads and whole roasted chickens. A "Meals in Minutes" section features ready-to-heat-and-serve meals in individual serving sizes. Customers can serve themselves with soda and coffee at the beverage center. A seating area is available for in-store dining.

Using Schnucks Express Connection, customers can order groceries by accessing Schnucks' home page on the Internet at www.schnucks.com and pick up their orders at the Customer Service Desk without having to go through the checkout lane. Schnucks Express Connection store pickup service costs $5.95.

Video department customers will be able to select from more than 4,500 movies for rent. Video games such as SONY PlayStation and Nintendo 64 and books on audio tape also are

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available to rent. Tickets to the Fox Theatre, the MUNY and other events will be available through the video department's MetroTix services. Schnucks recently was named one of the nation's top five supermarket video rental operations by Supermarket News, a national retail trade weekly.

The floral department features ready-to-go fresh flower arrangements and trained floral designers for original creations. Customers can order flowers to be shipped anywhere throughout

the country via the in-store wire service.

Customers will be able to handle their banking transactions at the Bank of Washington

in-store branch. Customers can open accounts, apply for loans, make deposits and cash checks.

Largest Commercial Development in Franklin County History

Retailers joining the center include Altemueller Jewelers; Cecil Whitakers Pizza; Custom

Cuts hair salon; Dollar Tree national discount store; Fashion Bug women's apparel store; Quizno's Sub Shop; Sally Beauty Supply; Supermarket of Shoes; and The Teacher Store. Mobil soon will begin building a gas/convenience center on the site. The DESCO Group of St. Louis is marketing the retail development.

Schnucks broke ground on the site on Sept. 9, 1998. Site development of the original hilly terrain was challenging. Schnucks' Engineering Department carefully planned and coordinated with

general contractor, BSI Constructors, Inc. of St. Louis, to remove and grade more than 547,000 tons of earth on the site. Construction proceeded smoothly enabling the store to open earlier than expected.

Kuhlmann Design Group of Maryland Heights, Mo., served as architects. Washington's

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Buescher Frankenberg Associates, Inc. served as project engineers.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a family-owned supermarket company based in St. Louis and currently operates 90 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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