SUPERVALU Announces Sale of Two Distribution Facilities in New England and The Northeast

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from SUPERVALU INC.

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:   SVU) today
 announced it will sell two distribution facilities located in Perryman, Md.
 and Suffield, Conn. to Fleming Companies, Inc. in a transaction that is
 expected to close on June 30, 2001 following the satisfaction of customary
 approvals.
     "Our goal with these logistics consolidations and others we recently
 announced is to concentrate our volume in the most efficient facilities and
 utilize SUPERVALU's industry-leading multi-tiered logistics model more
 thoroughly across our network," said Brian Evers, SUPERVALU New England region
 president.  "This will allow us to provide improved quality, lower costs and
 more competitive service to our customers."
     "Decisions like these are difficult because they affect our customers and
 associates, but in a highly competitive and consolidating industry they are
 necessary in order to maintain peak efficiency," said Gary Zimmerman,
 SUPERVALU Eastern region president.
     The 600,000 square foot Perryman distribution center is primarily
 dedicated to supplying Kmart.  Customers of the 675,000 square foot Suffield
 facility, will be transferred to SUPERVALU's Eastern region facility in
 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, or to its New England region distribution centers in
 Andover, Mass., Cranston, R.I. and Portland, Maine.  The company already is
 working closely with customers to ensure a smooth supply chain transition.
 Company officials met with employees and retailer customers today to discuss
 the sale of the facilities.
     SUPERVALU, with annual total sales of $23.2 billion, is the tenth largest
 supermarket retailer in the country and is the largest distributor to grocery
 retailers.  SUPERVALU operates 1,194 stores including 727 licensed locations
 under the Save-A-Lot banner.  The company serves as the primary supplier to
 approximately 3,200 supermarkets and is the secondary supplier to
 approximately 2,250 stores.
     Forward-looking statements in this news release, if any, are made under
 the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995.  SUPERVALU does not undertake to update forward looking statements made
 in this news release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or
 changes in other factors affecting such forward looking statements.  Certain
 important factors could cause results to differ materially from those
 anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including the impact of
 changing economic or business conditions, the impact of competition, the
 nature and extent of the consolidation of the retail food and food
 distribution industries, the ability to attract and retain customers for the
 company's food distribution operations and to control food distribution costs,
 the execution of restructuring activities, the availability of favorable
 credit and trade terms, food price changes, other risk factors inherent in the
 food wholesaling and retail businesses and other factors discussed from time
 to time in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
 

SOURCE SUPERVALU INC.
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:   SVU) today
 announced it will sell two distribution facilities located in Perryman, Md.
 and Suffield, Conn. to Fleming Companies, Inc. in a transaction that is
 expected to close on June 30, 2001 following the satisfaction of customary
 approvals.
     "Our goal with these logistics consolidations and others we recently
 announced is to concentrate our volume in the most efficient facilities and
 utilize SUPERVALU's industry-leading multi-tiered logistics model more
 thoroughly across our network," said Brian Evers, SUPERVALU New England region
 president.  "This will allow us to provide improved quality, lower costs and
 more competitive service to our customers."
     "Decisions like these are difficult because they affect our customers and
 associates, but in a highly competitive and consolidating industry they are
 necessary in order to maintain peak efficiency," said Gary Zimmerman,
 SUPERVALU Eastern region president.
     The 600,000 square foot Perryman distribution center is primarily
 dedicated to supplying Kmart.  Customers of the 675,000 square foot Suffield
 facility, will be transferred to SUPERVALU's Eastern region facility in
 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, or to its New England region distribution centers in
 Andover, Mass., Cranston, R.I. and Portland, Maine.  The company already is
 working closely with customers to ensure a smooth supply chain transition.
 Company officials met with employees and retailer customers today to discuss
 the sale of the facilities.
     SUPERVALU, with annual total sales of $23.2 billion, is the tenth largest
 supermarket retailer in the country and is the largest distributor to grocery
 retailers.  SUPERVALU operates 1,194 stores including 727 licensed locations
 under the Save-A-Lot banner.  The company serves as the primary supplier to
 approximately 3,200 supermarkets and is the secondary supplier to
 approximately 2,250 stores.
     Forward-looking statements in this news release, if any, are made under
 the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995.  SUPERVALU does not undertake to update forward looking statements made
 in this news release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or
 changes in other factors affecting such forward looking statements.  Certain
 important factors could cause results to differ materially from those
 anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including the impact of
 changing economic or business conditions, the impact of competition, the
 nature and extent of the consolidation of the retail food and food
 distribution industries, the ability to attract and retain customers for the
 company's food distribution operations and to control food distribution costs,
 the execution of restructuring activities, the availability of favorable
 credit and trade terms, food price changes, other risk factors inherent in the
 food wholesaling and retail businesses and other factors discussed from time
 to time in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
 SOURCE  SUPERVALU INC.