To Our Valued Customers:

Despite the recent job action by members of UFCW Local 655, the leaders of The Greater St. Louis Food Employers Council (Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop `n Save) would like customers to know that our stores remain open for business.

The Union has opted to strike Shop `n Save, and as per our agreement, Dierbergs and Schnucks have locked out Local 655 associates in all Metro-area Missouri stores. Illinois store locations are not affected.

While working hard to avoid it, we did prepare for a work stoppage. All companies developed and are now implementing extensive operational plans. Temporary Strike replacement workers are in place and ready to serve you, and hiring is ongoing. All Missouri stores have, however, adopted temporary store hours to ease the burden on our new store teams.

All Metro Missouri Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop `n Save stores (including 24-hour stores) are operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Thanks to advance planning and the cooperation of various industry partners, you will find all of our normal product offerings in place. However, regrettably, we have been forced to close some of our service centers, and workers have been reassigned to critical areas of operations.

As always, we are respectful of our associates' decision to engage in a work stoppage. However, Council employers will stand firm on our decision to offer our associates what we know to be fair contract. We are, therefore, bracing ourselves and our temporary workforce for what could be a long strike.

We won't waiver in our resolve to continue the time-honored industry tradition of putting customers first. We have an obligation to manage operations responsibly to keep costs down for our customers and to preserve our ability to continue delivering the same level of customer and community service you expect from your neighborhood grocers.

Please accept our apologies, in advance, for any inconvenience you might experience over the course of this strike. In the days ahead, the store teams at Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop `n Save would consider it a privilege to continue serving you. We thank you, in advance, for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

The Greater St. Louis Food Employers Council

Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop `n Save