Contact: Lori O. Willis

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September 19, 2003

Schnucks Acquires Three Area Drug Emporium Pharmacy Operations

Prescription Files Will Be Automatically Transferred for Customers' Convenience

ST. LOUIS - Officials from Schnucks Pharmacy announced today the purchase of three area Drug Emporium pharmacy operations. Starting Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m., Drug Emporium customers will be able to fill their prescriptions at nearby Concord Village, Kirkwood and Zumbehl Schnucks Pharmacies.

This news comes on the heels of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Snyder's Drug Stores Inc.'s bankruptcy announcement and decision to sell or close 77 of its discount drug stores. Schnucks Director of Pharmacy Curtis Hartin, R. Ph., says Schnucks purchased three of four area drug store operations in an on-line auction. The actual transaction will occur in stages and will include the transfer of pharmaceutical drugs, customer files and computer hardware.

"We are working closely with Drug Emporium to make sure that none of their customers are unnecessarily inconvenienced by this sale," Hartin said. "It will be a seamless, electronic transfer of customer prescriptions. The Drug Emporium pharmacies will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 and Schnucks will begin filling their prescriptions the next morning."

Hartin says the purchase was a particularly good fit for Schnucks because of the drug stores' close proximity to Schnucks supermarkets. "Both the Concord Village and Kirkwood stores are directly across the street from two of the drug stores, and the Zumbehl location is less than two blocks from the third."

Schnucks passed on a fourth location on Watson Road in Shrewsbury (purchased by Shop `n Save) that wasn't convenient to a Schnucks store. Hartin explained, "Our first concern is for customers, whether they are ours or Drug Emporium's. It's important that the files are transferred to a location that is in their neighborhood."

Changing pharmacists, Hartin says, can be as hard for some people as changing doctors. "Over time, there is a special relationship and a level of trust that is built between a pharmacist and a customer," Hartin said. "Schnucks is particularly sensitive to this because we realize that customers don't have to do business with us."

In order to aid customers in making the switch, Schnucks recently added several Drug Emporium staff members to its pharmacy teams. In addition, Drug Emporium customers can expect to receive a direct mail invitation to shop at Schnucks along with special product offers. "Of course, there are the added conveniences of being able to shop for groceries while your prescription is filled or having your prescriptions delivered to your home."

Customers with questions about these or any other Schnucks Pharmacy service can call their neighborhood Schnucks store or look on the Schnucks website at www.schnucks.com.

Schnuck Markets, Inc currently operates 100 stores and 93 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. The company is listed 83rd in the Forbes Magazine listing of the nation's "Top 500 Private Companies." The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

Schnucks Pharmacy Information:

Concord Village (Now serving Baptist Church Road Drug Emporium customers)

5434 Southfield Center

St. Louis, Mo. 63123

314-849-2363

Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pharmacy Manager: Edward Baum

Kirkwood (Now serving Kirkwood Drug Emporium customers)

10233 Manchester

Kirkwood, Mo. 63122

314-965-4533

Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pharmacy Manager: Lisa Buthe

Zumbehl (Now serving St. Charles Drug Emporium customers)

1950 Zumbehl Road

St. Charles, Mo. 63303

636-947-0311

Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pharmacy Manager: Ronald Ellison

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