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$4 MILLION RENOVATION AT LOCAL FARMER JACK SUPERMARKET HIGHLIGHTS MICHIGAN'S FIRST ACM AUTOMATED CHECKOUT SYSTEM

 $4 MILLION RENOVATION AT LOCAL FARMER JACK SUPERMARKET
 HIGHLIGHTS MICHIGAN'S FIRST ACM AUTOMATED CHECKOUT SYSTEM
 DETROIT, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Look to Farmer Jack Supermarkets for a glimpse of the future. Located at 15 Mile and Orchard Lake roads, one of the company's retail outlets has undergone a $4 million renovation program including the addition of state-of-the-art systems, expansion in both store size and product lines and other innovative conveniences.
 When the 60,000-square-foot Farmer Jack hosts its grand re-opening, customers will be introduced to the store's "Self Checkout" system, the first of its kind in Michigan. Shoppers will be able to "ring up" their own purchases at one of six "Self Checkout" lanes and pay for their orders at one of two pay stations.
 "High technology is now impacting the supermarket industry," according to Larry G. Zettle, chairman of Farmer Jack/A&P Supermarkets in Michigan. "Customer convenience, service and innovative new products are the driving forces behind management's decisions regarding store upgrades, renovations and successful supermarketing of the future. 'Self Checkout' lanes are the wave of the future in retailing -- studies show they attract approximately 35 percent and more of the shoppers in stores where they are available. We're delighted to be among the technological leaders within our industry."
 "It is for these reasons," continued Zettle, "that we are just completing a $4 million restoration of an existing Farmer Jack Supermarket located at the southeast corner of Orchard Lake and Maple roads in West Bloomfield, Mich. An important part of this renovation is the installation of six 24-hour 'Self Checkout' lanes, ACM(R) Automated Checkout Machines. We anticipate that the system will be well-received by our customers, saving time at the point of purchase and offering a convenient addition to a standard checkout system. It will also enable us to provide on-the-job technical training to our staff and to increase our personnel levels in such expanded modernized stores."
 Detroit-based Farmer Jack Supermarkets, owned by A&P, has the first store in Michigan to install the ACM Automated Checkout Machines, "Self Checkouts." Using laser bar code scanners and a proprietary merchandise security system, the ACM "Self Checkout" allows shoppers to scan and check out merchandise before paying centrally located cashiers.
 Designed as a shopper convenience that enhances customer service, Farmer Jack's "Self Checkout" lanes will always be open. A customer can walk up to a
lane and simply begin scanning. There will always be a choice of checkouts since Farmer Jack has expanded the total number of lanes to 18, six ACM and 12 conventional.
 When customers complete the scanning process , they simply touch a button. At this point, the customer can also highlight the items that will have coupon deductions. The grocery total is announced and a receipt is printed. The customer can then pick up the bagged groceries at the end of the counter and take the receipt and any coupons to one of two payment stations to complete the transaction.
 All cashiers in the store are being trained to assist at the Self Checkouts to insure that the customer will develop awareness of the system's important time-saving capabilities. In addition, the "Self Checkouts" have a touch-sensitive video screen and audio which provide customers with step-by-step instructions on how to use "Self Checkout." Enhanced laser bar code scanners allow customers to scan items quickly. Every item scanned out is then placed on a conveyor belt. The item's price and description are displayed on the video screen and the price is audibly annunciated. The patented security system ensures that the item scanned is the same item going down the belt. An incorrect item is sent back by the system to the customer.
 Zettle added, "Customers will find that ACM 'Self Checkout' is easy to use. As accurate and fast as conventional lanes, it allows customers to see each price rung up, verify the price, and request a subtotal at any time during the checkout process. With 'Self Checkout,' our store will always have at least six registers open 24 hours."
 "Customers can use 'Self Checkout' for all purchases, including bulk items, produce and general merchandise. Coupon redemption is a simple process handled at the payment station and we will, most certainly, bag groceries and have personnel on duty if assistance is needed," concluded Zettle.
 ACM "Self Checkout" is only one portion of the total renovation of the West Bloomfield Farmer Jack store which has expanded from 35,000 to approximately 60,000 square feet. The store includes a new self weighing device with instant pushbutton price labels in the produce department; separate kosher meat, deli and food departments; innovative self-service bottle return devices; gourmet meat counter; flower shop; pharmacy; post office and bakery. Fifty new jobs were created by the expansion. The store is located at 6565 Orchard Lake Road at the corner of Maple Road in West Bloomfield. Store manager is Richard McArdle. The telephone number is 313-851-3850.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Coleman, advertising director, Farmer Jack/A&P, 313-270-1140/
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