As part of the overall repositioning of the Edward's Food Stores within Ahold, USA. Giant Food Inc. of Landover, Maryland will acquire operating control of four Edward's stores located at: 1556 North Olden Avenue, Ewing, NJ (Capital Plaza Shopping Center); Rt 530 & Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ (The Whiting Shopping Center); 1710 Highway 38, Mt Holly, NJ (Evergreen Mall; and 635 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ (The Roebling Complex). The four stores, which are contiguous to Giant Food's existing Super G stores in Southern New Jersey, will operate under the Super G banner. The four stores currently employ approximately 480 people, and Giant plans to maintain existing staff and management. Giant presently operates six Super G's in New Jersey and three in Delaware.

In May, Ahold, the parent of Giant, Edward's, Stop & Shop and other U.S. supermarket and food distribution operations, announced that the Edward's stores would operate as Stop & Shops, with conversions during the second half of 2000. Nineteen stores have been converted to Stop & Shops to date.

Commenting on the growth of Super G, Dick Baird, President and CEO of Giant Food Inc. said, "We opened our first Super G store in the Delaware Valley Region in 1994 and have been pleased with our progress. Our stores have experienced increasing sales volume, and we look to the conversion of the four Edward's operating units as an integral part of our growth strategy. We are pleased to welcome the Edward's store associates to our Super G family."

Giant Food Inc., headquartered in Landover, MD, operates 176 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, and employs more than 26,000 associates. Giant is a member of the Ahold USA group. Owned by Royal Ahold of the Netherlands, Royal Ahold operates approximately 7,000 supermarkets, hypermarkets and other store formats in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia with annualized sales approaching Euro 50 billion. The company is also developing significant experience in the foodservice industry and as an e-commerce player. Ahold employs over 350,000 associates and serves the food needs of over 30 million loyal customers in 23 countries every week.