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THRIFTY CORP. OUTSOURCES OPERATION OF ITS DATA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK TO SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA

 $10 Million Contract Includes Complete Facilites Management
 of Thrifty's Data Communications Network
 ATLANTA, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., (NYSE: SFA) today announced it will assume complete operation of Thrifty Corp.'s data communications network, which includes management of its very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite network and its T-1 leased- line network.
 The facilities management services contract is valued at $10 million over a five-year period.
 Thrifty Corp.'s data communications network encompasses more than 650 remote sites in the western United States, including 500 Thrifty Drug Stores in California. The VSAT satellite network that links those sites was installed by Scientific-Atlanta in 1988. With this agreement, Thrifty becomes the first company to outsource complete control of its private VSAT network after operating it on its own.
 The service agreement will provide a direct link between Scientific- Atlanta's Los Angeles shared hub and its network operations center in Melbourne, Fla. The direct link will make it possible to provide Thrifty with improved technical support, responsive maintenance dispatch, and improved disaster recovery services.
 Scientific-Atlanta will provide 24-hour network operations, remote maintenance, and disaster recovery services for Thrifty's data communications network. The company will monitor all of Thrifty's remote sites to ensure the highest possible level of network availability. Thrifty has used its VSAT network primarily for on-line credit card verification, point-of-sale (POS) applications, and for communicating with its in-store pharmacy computers. The VSAT network is also used to transmit audio programming for in-store advertising.
 COMPANY BACKGROUND
 Thrifty Corporation, based in Los Angeles, is a privately held company that operates Thrifty Drug Stores, a major drug store chain on the West Coast, with 500 locations in California. Thrifty Corp. also owns the 41-store Bi-Mart chain in the Pacific Northwest, the Denver- based Gart Bros. Sporting Goods chain with 48 stores, and MC Sporting Goods, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based sporting goods retailer with 74 stores. Founded in 1929 in Los Angeles, the Thrifty Drug Stores chain has grown from two small corner drug stores into one of the largest, premier chain drug retailers on the West Coast, boasting annual sales of $2.5 billion.
 Scientific-Atlanta's Network Systems Group designs, engineers, manufactures, installs, tests, and maintains satellite communications systems, and has provided 45,000 earth station systems to more than 135 countries. In the past 40 years, Scientific-Atlanta's technical leadership and extensive international expertise have earned the company a reputation as a premier turn-key network systems supplier. The group's VSAT systems are manufactured and supported from its Private Networks Business Division in Melbourne.
 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is a world leader in broadband communications systems, cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks and electronic instrumentation for industrial, government, and telecommunications applications.
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 /CONTACT: Paul McKeon of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-698-8650, or Stan Schneider of Redgate Communications, 305-435-3310, for Scientific- Atlanta/
 (SFA)


CO: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; Thrifty Corp. ST: Georgia, California IN: CPR REA SU:

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