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United Supermarkets Brings Freshness to Frisco, Unwraps its Newest Market Street Location.

FRISCO, Texas -- Frisco's freshest face, United Supermarkets' newest Market Street store, opens its doors today to customers looking for a unique grocery shopping experience. With a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m., Market Street - a world-class food concept store - serves the North Texas community as a brand-new haven for fresh produce, gourmet meats and cheeses, and a wide selection of quality items to meet every shopper's needs. The 70,000 square-foot Frisco store will feature a research-and-development kitchen, in-store health care clinic, drive-thru pharmacy and the Dallas-Fort Worth area's first "A Taste of Market Street" - a mini-version of Market Street within the confines of the parking lot and designed for quick access and convenience, complete with fuel station, bakery, gourmet meals to go, fresh produce and many other items found inside the main store.

"United Supermarkets is excited to offer North Texas and the Frisco community a shopping experience unlike any other," said United Supermarkets CEO Dan Sanders. "Our Frisco store will have something for everyone. For the gourmet chef in you, we offer the finest produce, meats and cheeses to make those meals shine. For that individual-on-the-go, he/she can utilize the drive-thru convenience of 'A Taste of Market Street' and pick-up a delicious meal and a few other items without having to get out of the car. We're going to see a lot of smiling faces enter this grand store, and we're going to do our best to make sure those smiles savor the moment and enjoy all that Market Street has to offer."

Market Street is a unique market that combines the everyday groceries store guests need with the specialty items, whole-health/gourmet products and pre-prepared foods they want. The first store opened in Wichita Falls in 1998, and other stores followed in Amarillo and Lubbock.

The Frisco Market Street location will be the anchor tenant for Eldorado Market Place, a 400,000-square-foot shopping center at the northwest corner of Eldorado Parkway and Dallas North Tollway. It is the fourth Metroplex location for Market Street and second of three new stores to open this year. The Allen location opened Feb. 29, and the Coppell store is slated for completion in early November. Other Metroplex Market Street locations are located in Colleyville and McKinney and have been in operation since 2003 and 2004, respectively.

To highlight its arrival in Frisco, Market Street will be hosting a series of events throughout the following week. On Friday, renowned calligraphy expert and master engraver Ken Brown will engrave purchased wine bottles for in-store guests, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, Market Street welcomes the Disney Summer Games, featuring Hannah Montana's Cody Linley, who plays "Jake Ryan" on the hit show. Radio Disney will be onsite from 1-3 p.m. featuring contests to coincide with Disney's Summer Games Promotion, and Linley will be on-hand to participate in the games and greet fans.

On Sept. 6, Market Street presents "Back-to-School Bash" - a celebration for the Frisco community featuring Cajun swamp rock band L'Angelus. The event, which goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will have BBQ Semi Grill serving complimentary hamburgers and hot dogs. The band will perform from 2:30 to 6 p.m., with Bill Mack emceeing the day's festivities.

"We wanted to roll out the 'red carpet' to welcome all Frisco and North Texas residents to our newest Market Street location," said Robert Bollinger, store manager at Frisco's Market Street. "This is a great opportunity for our community to experience Market Street and have a grand time in the process."

Among Market Street's other features are:

* A full-service meat-seafood counter

* An extensive array of fresh produce (including a large organic complement)

* A whole-health center stocked with natural, organic and bulk foods, as well as the leading supplement brands

* Full-service floral department

* An extensive selection of wine and beer from around the world

* Dish Kitchen Store

* Fresh sushi bar

* Peet's Coffee and Tea shop

* Keva frozen drink/smoothie bar

* A large bakery emphasizing made-from-scratch pastries, desserts and artisan breads

* A wide variety of great foods from several in-store restaurants available for dine-in or take-out, with seating to accommodate more than 125 people for in-store dining

About United Supermarkets

United Supermarkets, LLC, is a Texas-based, family-owned retail grocery chain with stores in 27 markets across North and West Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters and distribution center in Lubbock, United operates 47 stores under three distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United.

Now in its 92nd year of operation, the company is noted for its customer service and community involvement, having been named the inaugural winner of Supermarket News' Community Service Award in 2003 for its innovative concept of UCrew community volunteer teams. UCrew organizes volunteer team members to provide community service in every United neighborhood.

In 2001, United Supermarkets was named winner of the Better Business Bureau's National Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Most recently, United Supermarkets has been named one of the "Best Companies to Work for in Texas" the past three years, one of only 20 companies named to the list every year since its inception.
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