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HARRY'S FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCES CONTRACT SIGNING FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH MEGASTORES

 ATLANTA, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Harry's Farmers Markets, Inc. (HFM) (NASDAQ-NMS: HARY) announced today that it had entered into contracts to acquire sites for its fourth and fifth megastores, one to be located in the southern portion of Atlanta and the other, the first of HFM's out- of-state stores, will be located in the Brentwood area of Nashville, Tenn.
 In related news, HFM also announced the opening of its first Harry's In A Hurry convenience outlet in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and the opening of its federally inspected food processing facility at the end of June 1993.
 HFM has contracted to purchase a 167,000-square-foot facility on 21 acres of land in Clayton County, Ga. The company plans to utilize approximately 90,000 square feet for its south Atlanta megastore with the remainder of the building to be used eventually for warehousing, distributing and processing. Renovation of this building should begin in September with an anticipated opening of the south Atlanta megastore in the first quarter of 1994, bringing to four the total number of stores in the Atlanta area.
 Also signed this week was a contract to purchase 17 acres of land near Cool Springs Mall in Nashville. HFM anticipates constructing a 100,000-square-foot megastore on this site and this facility will be opened in the second quarter of 1994. The Nashville megastore will mark HFM's first expansion outside of the Atlanta area.
 Commenting on the expansion progress, Harry Blazer, president and CEO, said: "We are excited about the selected locations for our fourth and fifth megastores. The south Atlanta store will be serving the Clayton, Fayette, Henry and south Fulton county areas, market areas that we are currently unable to serve satisfactorily from our other three Atlanta locations. The fifth megastore will be our first out-of-state expansion and we believe that Nashville will be an excellent city for us. The selected location is ideal to serve the entire south Nashville area. Renovation to the third megastore site, which will be opening in September in Cobb County, Georgia, is proceeding on schedule. That store will enable us to better serve the northwest Atlanta market. In addition, we are very pleased with the opening of our prototype Harry's In A Hurry location. We have seen a strong customer response and revenues are exceeding our expectations. We would expect to open at least three to four such additional convenience outlets within the next 12 months. Our food processing facility will give us the ability to supply our third, fourth and fifth megastores and the next round of Harry's In A Hurry stores with our own branded products."
 Harry's Farmers Market, Inc. owns and operates concept megastores specializing in perishable food products, as well as specialty and gourmet non-perishable food products that are complementary to the fresh food offerings.
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 /CONTACT: David A. Patillo, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Harry's Farmers Market, 404-664-6300 or, fax, 404-664-4920/
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