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Press release from Business Wire

Safeway Announces Change in Leadership at Dominick's Stores

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Dominick's President Don Keprta resigns, CFO Brian Baer will become Acting President</i> </p>

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Safeway Announces Change in Leadership at Dominick's Stores18:19 EDT Thursday, July 14, 2011 PLEASANTON, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY) announced today that the President of its Chicago-area Dominick's Finer Foods division, Don Keprta, has resigned. “Don has contributed significantly to the Dominick's stores. His commitment and innovation helped the stores evolve to best serve the Chicagoland customers. We are fortunate that he has produced a team that is prepared to continue to build on our current momentum,” said Chairman, President and CEO Steve Burd. As President of Dominick's since 2005, Don is credited with opening a number of new stores, expanding the lifestyle store remodels and improving store operating standards and metrics. As a corporate leader, Don was also very active in the community, sitting on numerous committees and boards for charitable organizations in the Chicago area. He also served on the Executive Committee and Retail Board for the Illinois Retail Merchants Associations and as a Board member for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Brian Baer, Dominick's CFO and Vice President of Finance, will assume the role of Acting President of Dominick's. Brian joined Safeway in 2001 as Vice President of Finance for the Phoenix Division. In 2004 he became Group Vice President of Finance Planning & Analysis at the company's corporate office. Brian came to Dominick's in his current role in 2008. Prior to joining Safeway, Brian spent more than 12 years with the Marriott Corporation serving in various financial management positions in operations, corporate finance and real estate development. About Safeway www.Safeway.com Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,694 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $41.1 billion in 2010. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. Safeway Inc.Teena Massingill, 925-467-3810Teena.Massingill@Safeway.com