Contact: Lori O. Willis

Dir. of Communications


July 22, 2003

Area Schnucks Stores Open for Business Despite Heavy Storms

Tractor trailers bringing in water and supplies for storm ravaged communities

ST. LOUIS -- All Mid-South area Schnucks stores are open for business despite far-reaching power outages caused by heavy winds that moved through the area early this morning. In fact, all stores will soon receive additional inventory for residents in need of emergency supplies.

According to Schnucks Division Manager Karen Tolan, stores at Perkins, Truse and Southaven, unaffected by today's storm, are experiencing rushes of customers bracing for the next round of weather predicted to move through the area. Eight other stores, Shelby, Quince, Bartlett, Cordova, Horn Lake, Forest Hill, Union, and Germantown, lost power at approximately 7:15 a.m. but are now operating on power from back-up generators.

"We're very thankful that none of the stores sustained any structural damage," said Tolan. "Our generators should carry us through the next 48 hours, refrigeration is our most pressing concern at this time."

Tolan continued, "In affected stores, we've pulled meat from the cases and covered coolers with foam. I am expecting delivery of 10,000 pounds of dry ice to help hold our perishable products." She added, "Two tractor trailer trucks carrying water, flashlights, batteries, coolers and candles are on the way. We are determined to stay operational for our customers who are doing their best to weather the storms."

Refrigerated storage trucks from Tri-State Thermo King are also in route, but Tolan says they are being slowed due to storm-ravaged roadways. Schnucks has dispatched Food Safety and Loss Prevention teams to the area to assess the challenges posed by what is being called one of the area's worst storms in years.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 100 stores and 93 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. This includes five Logli Supermarkets. Schnucks, a family-owned company founded in 1939, is currently ranked 83rd in Forbes Magazine's list of the nation's "Top 500 Private Companies."

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