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    Kroger Opens Third Ohio Marketplace

    CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here cut the ribbon a 101,000-square-foot Marketplace format store in Dublin, Ohio, which marks the third such unit in the central part of the state. Kroger's other area Marketplace stores, which combine general merchandise with grocery, are located in Clintonville and Columbus.

    CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here cut the ribbon a 101,000-square-foot Marketplace format store in Dublin, Ohio, which marks the third such unit in the central part of the state. Kroger's other area Marketplace stores, which combine general merchandise with grocery, are located in Clintonville and Columbus.

    Among the departments highlighted in Kroger's new Dublin Marketplace are a Kitchen Place, Home Fashion, Bed & Bath, Floral Shoppe; a drive-through pharmacy and a free prescription delivery program; Donatos Pizza Take-n-Bake, Starbucks, and Fifth Third Bank.

    In other Kroger news, as part of its continuing fight against hunger, the chain is launching "Bringing Hope to the Table," a two-week campaign beginning in late May to support America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

    With the help of several vendor partners, the campaign will raise $3 million in cash and $1 million in food donations to assist more than 85 local food banks serving communities where the company's customers and associates live and work. Every time customers purchase participating items during the campaign, they will be supporting food banks in the community.

    Eligible items will be marked with pink "Bringing Hope to the Table" shelf tags, and include products made by Kellogg, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Nestle, Edy's/Dreyers and other various brands represented by Acosta Sales and Marketing.

    "Kroger has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the communities we serve," said David B. Dillon, chairman and c.e.o. "As one of the largest retail grocers in the country, we are committed to the fight against hunger, and we've timed 'Bringing Hope to the Table' to draw attention to this important issue as we approach Hunger Awareness Day on June 6. We at Kroger also thank the manufacturers who have joined with us to make this drive possible."

    The $4 million in total donations will be shared by 86 neighborhood food banks. Kroger banners across the company will participate in the campaign, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Dillons, King Soopers, City Market, Fry's, QFC, Food 4 Less, and Smith's.

    Kroger has been helping lead the fight against hunger in the United States for more than 25 years. In the past five years, the company has donated more than 135 million pounds of food and groceries, valued at more than $200 million, to Second Harvest.

    At the end of fiscal 2005, Kroger operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,507 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's and Smith's Marketplace, Fry's and Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market, in addition to other retail and manufacturing subsidiaries.

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