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FARMER JACK SUPERMARKETS ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF CONVERSION IN DEARBORN HEIGHTS

 DETROIT, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- An aggresive conversion/ renovation program is in full swing throughout southeastern Michigan culminating with the grand reopening of a newly converted Farmer Jack Supermarket in Dearborn Heights. The store will officially reopen on Sunday, Sept. 12, announced Craig Sturken, regional vice president, Farmer Jack/A&P Supermarkets.
 Located in Dearborn Heights, at 27335 W. Warren near Inkster Road, the 25,000-square-foot, newly converted A&P store will reopen on Sept. 12 under a new name -- Farmer Jack. Presently, a total of 43 Farmer Jack/A&P food markets in the Detroit area have already been renovated with many more in the planning stages, 14 of these renovations were conversions from A&P stores. The ongoing project is part of the company's $70 million capital improvement program in southeast Michigan.
 "The conversion, remodeling and renovation of these stores enables Farmer Jack to better serve the Dearborn Heights community. We continue to support Michigan's economy through the expansion and marketing of an optimum selection of groceries, products and services in communities throughout the state," Sturken said.
 The latest Farmer Jack conversion supermarket will carry over 26,000 products and will feature innovative specialty shops and time-saving services such as: daily hot entrees from the Family Deli; family packs and convenient oven-ready meats from the "Meat Market"; fruits and vegetables from around the world; a Customer Service Center enabling patrons to purchase stamps and develop film; and frozen foods geared to the health-conscious consumer.
 "In 1992, 1993 and into 1994, Farmer Jack and A&P will have invested over $70 million in our Michigan stores through new construction, expansion and remodeling," stated James Wood, chairman, president and CEO of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (NYSE: GAP). "In 1992, the company completed two new stores, three enlargements, 10 major remodels and 25 refurbishments in Michigan. If you put all of these projects together with those completed in 1990 and 1991, you will see that practically all of our Michigan supermarkets will have been revitalized in the past few years."
 A&P is the fifth-largest supermarket operator in North America with 1,210 stores in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, under the A&P, Waldbaum's, Food Emporium, Super Fresh, Farmer Jack, Kohl's, Dominion and Miracle Food Mart trade names.
 Store Personnel
 Manager -- Mike Lee
 Assistant manager -- Jim Belcher Jr.
 Assistant manager -- Darryl Klein
 Head cashier -- Steve Howe
 Produce manager -- Jim Custard
 Head stock -- John Laslo
 Meat manager -- Kenny Sypula
 Deli manager -- Janit Phelps
 -0- 9/9/93
 /CONTACT: Paul Coleman of Farmer Jack/A&P Supermarkets, 313-270-1140/
 (GAP)


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