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PENN TRAFFIC APPOINTS JOHN T. DIXON PRESIDENT OF ITS P&C FOOD MARKETS DIVISION

 JOHNSTOWN, Pa., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Penn Traffic Company (AMEX: PNF) announced today the appointment of John T. Dixon, 53, as president of its P&C Food Markets division, effective Aug. 1, 1993. He will succeed Claude J. Incaudo, who will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of Penn Traffic.
 Dixon is currently president of Penn Traffic's Quality Markets division. Prior to serving as president of Quality Markets, Dixon was employed by Penn Traffic's Big Bear division for 34 years, most recently as director of Store Operations. Dixon attended the University of Maryland and Ohio University.
 Concurrent with the change in Dixon's position, Quality Markets will become a subdivision of P&C Foods. This combined business unit will operate 109 stores, and act as a wholesaler to an additional 164 stores in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. In connection with this change, Randall J. Sweeney, 42, currently executive vice president of Quality Markets, will be appointed executive vice president and general manager of Quality Markets, reporting to Dixon. Sweeney has been employed by Quality Markets for 24 years. He is a graduate of Fredonia State University with a degree in business administration.
 Gary Hirsch, chairman of the board of Penn Traffic, commented, "Our company continues to grow significantly and profitably under Claude Incaudo's leadership. As we grow, our organizational structure must continue to adapt to favorable circumstances. We believe that this new realignment of positions and organization will allow Claude Incaudo to focus his full energies on the strategic development of our company, with particular focus on the benefits available from improved coordination of divisional activities."
 Hirsch continued, "We are very excited about John Dixon assuming increased responsibility in our company. John Dixon has been a proven performer for 36 years with our Big Bear and Quality Markets operations, consistently demonstrating solid business judgment and strong leadership skills."
 Incaudo commented, "Since the acquisition of the Peter J. Schmitt stores by Quality Markets earlier this year, there has necessarily been a much closer working relationship between Quality and P&C. We believe that both divisions will benefit from improved coordination and John Dixon's leadership. In particular, coordinated buying efforts between the divisions should lead to lower overall product procurement costs."
 Incaudo continued, "Within three weeks, we will begin supplying the Quality Markets stores with products from the new P&C Perishable Distribution Center and the expanded Jamestown grocery facility. These are important steps in the full realization of our profit potential from the expanded Quality Markets' operations. Under this new organizational alignment, Randy Sweeney will be directly responsible for the execution of the Quality Markets business plan as established by John Dixon. To execute this plan, Mr. Sweeney will continue to rely on the existing Quality Markets management team while having the resources of the P&C management group available."
 The Penn Traffic Company is one of the leading food retailers in the United States, operating 216 supermarkets in upstate New York, western Pennsylvania, central Ohio and northern West Virginia, under the names of P&C Foods, Quality Markets, Riverside Markets, Bi-Lo Foods, Big Bear and Big Bear Plus. Additionally, the company operates wholesale food distribution businesses serving 138 licensed franchises and 130 independent operators and a discount general merchandise business with 17 stores. Grand Union, in which Penn Traffic holds a 17.8 percent equity interest, operates supermarkets and food stores in the eastern United States.
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 /CONTACT: Gary D. Hirsch, chairman of the board, 914-921-3000, or Claude J. Incaudo, president and CEO, 315-457-9460, both of Penn Traffic/
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