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Shaw’s Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Maine Stores with Trailer Donation

Company commemorates Auburn and Lewiston store re-openings by presenting trailer to Good Shepherd Food-Bank

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 13, 2012-- Shaw’s Supermarkets today celebrated the grand re-opening of its stores in Auburn and Lewiston, Maine. The company commemorated the occasion by donating a trailer to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank as part of its commitment to supporting the organization’s critical mission to provide food to those in need.

The newly revamped stores were designed to offer customers an expanded variety of the freshest produce, top-quality meat and seafood and a large selection of local products. The new formats also provide a comfortable shopping experience with a focus on delivering premium customer service.

“From the products and services to design layout, Shaw’s is committed to delivering a shopping experience that meets the needs of our local customers,” said Shaw’s President Mike Stigers. “The redesigned Auburn and Lewiston locations bring a greater selection and variety to our customers, while offering a fresh, new feel to their shopping experience. We look forward to continuing to provide our neighbors with quality products and outstanding service they expect from Shaw’s.”

Shaw’s commemorated the re-openings with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stores on Friday, July 13. Town officials and community members from Auburn and Lewiston joined Stigers as well as other Shaw’s executives and associates at the event. As part of the ceremony, Shaw’s made $2,000 donations to St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Auburn, and the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston.

The highlight of the day came with the presentation of a trailer to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. The donation was rooted in Shaw’s commitment to helping the organizations who support hunger relief.

“As a grocer, we understand the need for hunger relief is something that is constant year round,” added Stigers. “We have a great relationship with the Good Shepherd Food-Bank and support them year-round through programs such as Fresh Rescue, which provides the Food-Bank with fresh items such as meat, dairy and produce. It is our hope this trailer will help to enhance the important work they do on a daily basis to help the people of Maine.”

“The support Good Shepherd Food-Bank receives from Shaw’s is critical to our efforts to eliminate hunger in Maine,” said Jim Dowe, Interim President and CEO at the Food-Bank. “In the past two years, Shaw’s has become one of our largest retail partners in the fight against hunger in Maine. The donation of this trailer will allow us to pick up and deliver millions of pounds of food each year to Mainers in need of our help.”

Fresh Rescue Food Donations play key a part in Shaw’s waste diversion efforts -- last year, Shaw’s donated over a half-million pounds of food in Maine that otherwise would have been wasted. In fact, the Auburn location was one of the first stores in the company to reach a major environmental milestone in the Shaw’s “zero waste” program by diverting over 90 percent of all store waste from local landfills.

Store Facts:
Auburn
Grand Reopening Date and Time: Friday, July 13, 2012; 9:00 a.m.
Store Address: 600 Center Street, Auburn, ME 04210
Phone Number: (207) 784-6971
Store Director: Leo Ouellette
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 a.m.11:00 p.m.; Sunday 7:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.

Lewiston
Grand Reopening Date and Time: Friday, July 13, 2012; 11:00 a.m.
Store Address: 27 East Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone Number: (207) 784-6900
Store Director: Mike Chiarantona
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 a.m.11:00 p.m.; Sunday 7:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.

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About Shaw’s Supermarkets
Shaw’s, Osco and Star Market are part of the nationwide SUPERVALU® INC. (NYSE: SVU) family of grocery stores. Shaw’s is one of the oldest continuously operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860. Throughout five New England states, there are 169 store locations employing approximately 21,000 associates. For more information about Shaw’s, visit the all-new web site at: www.shaws.com.

About Good Shepherd Food-Bank
The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food-Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by acquiring surplus and purchased food and distributing that food to more than 600 partner agencies across Maine. Since 1981, the Food-Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses, and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships. In 2011 the Food-Bank distributed 13 million pounds of food to families in need. Phone: (207) 782-3554; Website: www.gsfb.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/feedingmaine; Twitter: www.twitter.com/feedingmaine.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
Steve Sylven
508-313-4454
Steve.sylven@supervalu.com