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New General Counsel At Safeway; Ross Retiring, Gordon to Succeed Him.

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PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2000

Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY) announced today that Michael C. Ross, senior vice president and general counsel, will be retiring at the end of this month. However, he has agreed to remain available for consultation on transactions and other special projects, as needed. His successor will be Robert A. Gordon, currently the company's deputy general counsel.

Among numerous achievements, Ross helped negotiate the successful completion of four major acquisitions in recent years and oversaw the favorable settlement of several significant legal matters on the company's behalf. Prior to joining Safeway in 1993, he was a senior partner with the law firm of Latham & Watkins.

"Mike has done a superb job for us," said Steven A. Burd, Safeway chairman, president and CEO. "We gratefully acknowledge his significant contributions as general counsel and look forward to capitalizing upon his expertise and skill in future transactions."

Gordon came to Safeway a year ago from the law firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, where he had been a litigation partner since 1984. He graduated from Yale in 1973 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia three years later. Since becoming deputy general counsel at Safeway, Gordon has overseen major litigation for the company while successfully managing several important cases himself.

"We're fortunate to have someone of Bob's caliber to succeed Mike," said Burd. "He's an excellent attorney who has already demonstrated he will be an outstanding general counsel."

Safeway is a Fortune 50 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. It operates 1,663 stores in the United States and Canada and has annualized sales exceeding $31 billion. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.
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