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    Spartan Brings External Counsel, Former Board Member Aboard

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Alex J. DeYonker, a former board member and external legal counsel for Spartan Stores here, will join the company outright October 2 as its new e.v.p., general counsel and corporate secretary.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Alex J. DeYonker, a former board member and external legal counsel for Spartan Stores here, will join the company outright October 2 as its new e.v.p., general counsel and corporate secretary.

    In his new post, DeYonker will be a key member of Spartan's executive management team, actively participating in a broad range of legal and general management issues as general counsel and will continue the duties as corporate secretary.

    "Alex is an extremely talented individual with a wealth of strategic, legal and securities knowledge and experience," said Craig C. Sturken, Spartan's chairman, president and c.e.o. "As our external legal counsel and former board member, Alex has played a key role in our company's success. As we embark on the growth phase of our strategic plan, Alex will continue to play a critical role in achieving our long-term goals."

    DeYonker joins Spartan from Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, where he had most recently served as a managing partner. He served as Spartan's general counsel since 1995 and as its corporate secretary since 2000. He also served on Spartan's board from 1999-2003, serving on the executive and nominating committees.

    DeYonker has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" from 1995 - 2006, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and holds a B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University.

    Spartan Stores, Inc., the nation's tenth largest grocery distributor with warehouse facilities in Grand Rapids and Plymouth, Mich., services 350 independent grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Spartan Stores also owns and operates 68 retail supermarkets and 19 deep-discount food and drug stores in Michigan and Ohio, including Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen's Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and The Pharm.

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