THE SN LIST: TOP 20 STORE-GROWTH LEADERS IN 2002

RANKMPANYHEADQUARTERSNumber of Corporate StoresNet New Stores in 2002% Change Vs. 20011) WAL-MART SUPERCENTERSBentonville, Ark.1,24318317.262) SUPERVALUMinneapolis61315032.403) KROGER CO.Cincinnati2,461692.884) PUBLIX SUPER MARKETSLakeland, Fla.739558.045) ASSOCIATED WHOLESALE GROCERSKansas city, Kan.7441124.246) SAFEWAYPleasanton. calif.1,793341.937) AHOLD USAChantilly, va.1,633332.068) SUPERTARGETMinneapolis943251.619)

RANK

MPANY

HEADQUARTERS

Number of Corporate Stores

Net New Stores in 2002

% Change Vs. 2001

1) WAL-MART SUPERCENTERS

Bentonville, Ark.

1,243

183

17.26

2) SUPERVALU

Minneapolis

613

150

32.40

3) KROGER CO.

Cincinnati

2,461

69

2.88

4) PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS

Lakeland, Fla.

739

55

8.04

5) ASSOCIATED WHOLESALE GROCERS

Kansas city, Kan.

74

41

124.24

6) SAFEWAY

Pleasanton. calif.

1,793

34

1.93

7) AHOLD USA

Chantilly, va.

1,633

33

2.06

8) SUPERTARGET

Minneapolis

94

32

51.61

9) WAKEFERN

Elizabeth, N.J.

51

29

131.82

10) COSTCO WHOLESALE

Issaquah, Wash.

365

25

7.35

11) ALDI

Batavia, Ill.

625

24

3.99

12) DELHAIZE AMERICA

Salisbury, N.C.

1,485

24

1.64

13) SAM'S CLUB

Bentonville, Ark.

522

22

4.40

14) BROOKSHIRE GROCERY

Tyler, Tex.

152

15

10.95

15) SCHNUCK MARKETS

St. Louis

102

11

12.09

16) BJ'S

Natick, Mass.

140

9

6.87

17) H.E. BUTT

San Antonio

304

9

3.05

18) WHOLE FOODS

Austin, Tex

135

9

7.14

19) SMART & FINAL

Los Angeles

240

8

3.45

20) FIESTA MART

Houston

50

7

16.28

Source: SN Top 75 research. Ties Ranked Alphabetically.