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    Albertson's to Increase 2002 Northern California Capital Investments by 200 Percent

    BOISE, Idaho - Albertson's Inc. today confirmed northern California is a strategic market for the company's future growth.

    BOISE, Idaho - Albertson's Inc. today confirmed northern California is a strategic market for the company's future growth. While the company invested approximately $60 million in new stores and remodels this year, it plans to increase that investment spending to $185 million or 200 percent in 2002. The company will capitalize on its already strong store base with the renovation of approximately 23 stores. Several additional new stores and fuel centers are also planned for 2002.

    "Albertson's will build shareowner value by investing in the renovation of existing assets and strengthening our market share in northern California," said Larry Johnston, Albertson's CEO and chairman of the board. "Northern California is a strategic market in the context of Albertson's future. We are committed to this division, and look forward to continuing to meet the needs of the area."

    "Our 17,000 Northern California associates are energized knowing that the Company is making this significant investment in our stores," said Mike Patton, Albertson's Northern California division president. "Our company's demonstrated and planned capital commitment is an encouragement to our team as we continue serving our customers and working to become Northern California's food and drug retailer of choice."

    A division of Albertson's, Inc., Albertson's Northern California operates 187 stores and is headquartered in San Leandro.

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