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THE WW GROUP, INC. ACQUIRES THE HARRISBURG WEIGHT WATCHERS FRANCHISE

 FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Florine Mark, president and CEO of the WW Group, Inc., the largest franchise of Weight Watchers International, announced the addition of two new franchises to the company. The two new franchises include the greater Cleveland area and Harrisburg, Pa.
 "It's very exciting to announce these additions to our company," said Mark. "With the addition of the greater Cleveland area, we'll cover almost all of Ohio; and the Harrisburg franchise annexes our Pittsburgh franchise. What a wonderful way to begin 1993 -- the 30th anniversary year of Weight Watchers," she added.
 Mark will be in Harrisburg on Sunday, Jan. 24, to meet with Harrisburg staff at a tea at the Holiday Inn East at 1:30 p.m.
 The WW Group, Inc. operates Weight Watchers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The WW Group, Ltd. operates Weight Watchers in Ontario, and Cuida Kilos, S.A. de C.V. operates in Mexico. Weight Watchers is a wholly owned subsidiary of the H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ).
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 /CONTACT: Marilyn Habsburg, 313-553-8555, or Carol Hemler, 717-763-1290, both of Weight Watchers/
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CO: The WW Group, Inc.; Weight Watchers International ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: TNM

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