SN'S TOP 75

1. Wal-Mart Supercenters, Bentonville, Ark.ood and consumablesCorporate/Franchise Stores: 1,243Sales in $ Billions: 95.0 (est.)Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/31/03Groceries at Wal-Mart Supercenters account for approximately 30% of total sales, or $31 billion. Supercenter sales represent nearly 40% of total corporate sales, which are estimated at $243.6 billion for 2002.2. Kroger Co., CincinnatiTop Executive:

1. Wal-Mart Supercenters, Bentonville, Ark.

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Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,243

Sales in $ Billions: 95.0 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/31/03

Groceries at Wal-Mart Supercenters account for approximately 30% of total sales, or $31 billion. Supercenter sales represent nearly 40% of total corporate sales, which are estimated at $243.6 billion for 2002.

2. Kroger Co., Cincinnati

Top Executive: Joseph A. Pichler, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 3,685

Sales In $ Billions 52.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/1/03

Kroger store totals include 2,461 supermarkets, 783 convenience stores and 441 fine jewelry stores.

3. Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash.

Top Executive: Jim Sinegal, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 299

Sales In $ Billions: 38.0 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/1/02

Groceries, encompassing food and sundries, account for approximately 60% of Costco's total sales, or $22.8 billion.

4. Albertsons, Boise, Idaho

Top Executive: Larry Johnston, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 2,290

Sales In $ Billions: 35.7 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/30/03

Albertsons store totals include 1,346 supermarkets, 741 freestanding drug stores and 203 fuel centers.

5. Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif.

Top Executive: Steve Burd, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,793

Sales in $ Billions: 35.0 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

6. Sam's Club, Bentonville, Ark.

Top Executive: Kevin Turner, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 522

Sales In $ Billions: 31.7 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/31/03

Groceries, encompassing food and sundries, account for approximately 62% of Sam's total sales, or $19.7 billion. Sam's Clubs account for approximately 13% of Wal-Mart sales, estimated at $243.6 billion for 2002. Sam's also operates 69 units overseas.

7. Ahold USA Retail, Chantilly, Va.

Top Executive: Bill Grize, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,633

Sales In $ Billions: 25.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

Ahold USA Retail accounts for approximately 59% of Ahold USA sales, estimated to be $42.6 billion for 2002; the balance of U.S. sales -- an estimated $17.5 billion -- comes from Ahold USA Foodservice. Ahold USA accounts for approximately 57% of the parent company's 2002 estimated sales of $74.3 billion.

8. Supervalu, Minneapolis

Top Executive: Jeff Noddle, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,391

Sales In $ Billions: 19.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/22/03

Sales from 613 corporate stores and sales to 778 licensed Save-A-Lot stores combine to account for approximately 50% of total sales. Corporate stores encompass 268 supermarkets, 262 Save-A-Lot limited assortment stores and 83 Deal$ general merchandise stores.

9. Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla.

Top Executive: Howard Jenkins, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 739

Sales In $ Billions: 15.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

10. Fleming, Dallas

Top Executive: Mark S. Hansen, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 17

Sales In $ Billions: 15.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

Fleming is a major supplier of Super Kmart and Super Target stores, and volume from those companies is reflected in the sales totals for Fleming and for each retailer individually. Fleming's sales total excludes volume from 110 retail stores, which the company is attempting to sell; however, it plans to retain 17 Yes!Less limited assortment stores.

11. Delhaize America, Salisbury, N.C.

Top Executive: Pierre-Olivier Beckers, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,485

Sales In $ Billions: 15.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussells-based Delhaize Group, encompasses 1,228 Food Lion stores, 138 Kash 'n Karry units and 119 Hannaford Bros. stores. Delhaize America accounts for approximately 70% of Delhaize Group's sales, which are estimated at $21.9 billion (U.S.) for 2002.

12. Loblaw Cos., Toronto

Top Executive: Galen Weston, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,027

Sales In $ Billion: 14.8 ($U.S.) (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

Loblaw operates 626 corporate stores that account for approximately 75% of total sales and supplies 400 franchised stores that account for approximately 25% of sales.

13. Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla.

Top Executive: A. Dano Davis, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,073

Sales In $ Billions: 12.2 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 6/25/03

14. Meijer, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Top Executive: Doug Meijer and Hank Meijer, co-chairmen

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 156

Sales In $ Billions: 10.9 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/1/03

15. A&P, Montvale, N.J.

Top Executive: Christian Haub, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 692

Sales In $ Billions: 10.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/22/03

Volume total encompasses sales from 626 corporate stores in the U.S. and sales to 66 franchised units in Canada. Sales in Canada account for approximately 23% of the company's total sales.

16. 7-Eleven, Dallas

Top Executive: Jim Keyes, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 5,805

Sales In $ Billions: 10.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

Volume includes $2.8 billion from gasoline sales. 7-Eleven operates 5,306 stores in the U.S. and 499 in Canada. All stores in Canada and 48% of those in the U.S. are corporate-owned; 52% of the stores in the U.S. are franchised. U.S. sales account for 90% of the company's total sales.

17. H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio

Top Executive: Charles C. Butt, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 304

Sales In $ Billions: 9.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 10/27/02

H-E-B sales include volume from 20 stores in Mexico.

18. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro, Vt.

Top Executive: Rick Cohen, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 0

Sales In $ Billions: 9.7 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

C&S supplies products to a variety of Top 75 retailers, and volume from those companies is reflected in the sales totals for C&S and for each of the individual retailers. C&S volume does not include sales from GU Markets, an affiliate of C&S that operates 26 former Grand Union locations.

19. Sobeys, Stellarton, Nova Scotia

Top Executive: Bill McEwan, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1,323

Sales In $ Billions: 6.7 ($U.S.) (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 5/2/03

Sobeys operates 392 corporate stores (including 206 supermarkets, 123 convenience stores and 63 drug stores) that account for approximately 25% of total sales and supplies 931 franchised stores that account for approximately 75% of sales.

20. Wakefern Food Corp., Elizabeth, N.J.

Top Executive: Thomas Infusino, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 48

Sales In $ Billions: 6.2 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

Wakefern supplies products to two other Top 75 companies -- Village Super Markets and Inserra Supermarkets -- and volume from those companies is reflected in the sales totals for Wakefern and for each of the individual retailers. Wakefern declined to indicate what percent of total sales are done by corporate stores.

21. BJ's Wholesale Club, Natick, Mass.

Top Executive: Michael T. Wedge, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 140

Sales In $ Billions: 5.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/31/03

Groceries, encompassing food and sundries, account for approximately $4.1 billion, or 70% of BJ's total sales.

22. Super Target, Minneapolis

Top Executive: Robert J. Ulrich, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 94

Sales In $ Billions: 4.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/2/03

Super Target sales represent approximately 10% of Target Corp.'s total sales, which are estimated at $43 billion for 2002.

23. Shaw's Supermarkets, East Bridgewater, Mass.

Top Executive: Paul Gannon, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 185

Sales In $ Billions: 4.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 3/1/03

Shaw's is a division of Sainsbury plc, London.

24. Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh

Top Executive: David Shapira, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 213

Sales In $ Billions: 4.4 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 6/30/03

Volume total encompasses sales from 124 corporate stores and sales to 89 franchised independent stores.

25. Hy-Vee Food Stores, Des Moines, Iowa

Top Executive: Ron Pearson, chairman, CEO, COO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 216

Sales In $ Billions: 4.2 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/30/02

Hy-Vee operates 188 supermarkets and 28 drug stores.

26. Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J.

Top Executive: Eileen Scott, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 144

Sales In $ Billions: 4.0 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/1/03

27. Nash Finch Co., Minneapolis

Top Executive: Ron Marshall, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 112

Sales In $ Billions: 4.0 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

Corporate stores at Nash Finch account for 25% of total sales.

28. Super Kmart, Troy, Mich.

Top Executive: James Adamson, corporate chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 117

Sales In $ Billions: 3.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/29/03

Food sales at Super Kmart, encompassing groceries, consumables and restaurants, account for approximately 32% of total Super Kmart sales, or $1.4 billion. Super Kmart volume represents approximately 12% of the company's total sales, which are estimated at $31.5 billion for 2002.

29. Roundy's, Pewaukee, Wis.

Top Executive: Robert A. Mariano, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 64

Sales In $ Billions: 3.7 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

Corporate stores at Roundy's account for 43% of total sales.

30. Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Top Executive: James B. Meyer, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 115

Sales In $ Billions: 3.4 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 3/30/03

Corporate stores, encompassing 94 supermarkets and 21 deep-discount drug stores, account for 40% of total sales.

31. Metro, Montreal

Top Executive: Pierre Lessard, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 543

Sales In $ Billions: 3.3 ($U.S.) (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

Metro operates 140 corporate stores that account for approximately 33% of sales and supplies 403 franchised stores that account for approximately 67% of sales.

32. Aldi, Batavia, Ill.

Top Executive: Charles Youngstrom, president

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 625

Sales In $ Billions: 3.2 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

33. Raley's Supermarkets, Sacramento, Calif.

Top Executive: William Coyne, president, COO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 134

Sales In $ Billions: 3.2 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 6/28/03

34. Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan.

Top Executive: Gary A. Phillips, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 74

Sales In $ Billions: 3.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal year Ends: 12/28/02

Corporate stores at AWG account for 15.5% of sales.

35. Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y.

Top Executive: Danny Wegman, president

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 64

Sales In $ Billions: 3.0 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

36. Unified Western Grocers, Los Angeles

Top Executive: Al Plamann, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 5

Sales In $ Billions: 2.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

Corporate stores at UWG account for 2.5% of sales. It announced plans early in the year to sell the five corporate stores, as well as seven others that were closed in 2001.

37. Stater Bros. Markets, Colton, Calif.

Top Executive: Jack Brown, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 156

Sales In $ Billions: 2.7 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/29/02

38. Whole Foods Market, Austin, Tex.

Top Executive: John Mackey, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 135

Sales In $ Billions: 2.7 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/29/02

39. Harris Teeter, Matthews, N.C.

Top Executive: Fred Morganthall, president

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 143

Sales In $ Billions: 2.4 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/29/02

Harris Teeter is a division of Ruddick Corp., Charlotte, N.C.

40. Penn Traffic Co., Syracuse, N.Y.

Top Executive: Joseph V. Fisher, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 215

Sales In $ Billions: 2.3 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/1/03

Penn Traffic also serves as a wholesaler to 82 licensed units and 66 independent operators.

41. Schnuck Markets, St. Louis

Top Executive: Craig Schnuck, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 90

Sales In $ Billions: 2.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/30/02

42. Weis Markets, Sunbury, Pa.

Top Executive: Robert F. Weis, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 161

Sales In $ Billions: 2.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

43. Price Chopper, Schenectady, N.Y.

Top Executive: Lewis Golub, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 102

Sales In $ Billions: 2.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 4/27/03

44. Ingles Markets, Black Mountain, N.C.

Top Executive: Robert P. Ingle, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 199

Sales In $ Billions: 2.0 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

45. Demoulas Market Basket, Tewksbury, Mass.

Top Executive: William J. Shea, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 58

Sales In $ Billions: 1.9 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

46. Overwaitea Food Group, Langley, British Columbia

Top Executive: Steve Vanderlees, president

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 95

Sales In $ Billions: 1.8 ($U.S.) (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

47. WinCo Foods, Boise, Idaho

Top Executive: William D. Long, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 38

Sales In $ Billions: 1.8 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 3/29/03

48. Alex Lee Inc., Hickory, N.C.

Top Executive: Boyd George, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 108

Sales In $ Billions: 1.7 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

Sales at Alex Lee Inc. include $1 billion from Lowes Food Stores, Winston-Salem, N.C., and $1.4 billion from Merchants Distributors, Hickory, N.C., a wholesaler (approximately 48% of whose sales go to Lowes). Volume total excludes $270 million in sales from Institution Food House, Hickory, a food-service distributor.

49. Purity Wholesale Grocers, Boca Raton, Fla.

Top Executive: Sal Ricciardi, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 0

Sales In $ Billions: 1.7 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 6/30/03

50. Brookshire Grocery Co., Tyler, Texas

Bruce Brookshire, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 152

Sales In $ Billions: 1.7 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/30/02

51. Bashas, Chandler, Ariz.

Top Executive: Eddie N. Basha Jr., chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 133

Sales In $ Billions: 1.6 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

52. Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, Calif.

Top Executive: Robert M. Piccinini, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 97

Sales In $ Billions: 1.6 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

Save Mart was anticipating a store count of 125 as it entered 2003, pending the close of its acquisition from Fleming of 26 Food 4 Less Stores, plus two under construction.

53. Smart & Final, Los Angeles

Top Executive: Ross Roeder, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 240

Sales In $ Billions: 1.6 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/29/02

Smart & Final operates 195 warehouse stores and 45 cash-and-carry stores. Volume total excludes food-service sales of approximately $380 million, or 19% of the company's total volume.

54. White Rose Foods, Somerset, N.J.

Top Executive: Stephen Bokser and Richard Neff, co-CEOs

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 0

Sales In $ Billions: 1.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

55. Grocers Supply Co., Houston

Top Executive: Max Levit and Milton Levit, co-CEOs

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 0

Sales In $ Billions: 1.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

56. Marsh Supermarkets, Indianapolis

Top Executive: Donald W. Marsh, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 281

Sales In $ Billions: 1.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 3/31/03

Marsh store totals include 112 supermarkets and 169 convenience stores.

57. Fiesta Mart, Houston

Top Executive: Louis Katipodis, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 50

Sales In $ Billions: 1.5 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 5/31/03

58. Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake City

Top Executive: Richard Parkinson, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 24

Sales In $ Billions: 1.3 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 3/30/03

Corporate stores at Associated account for 28% of sales.

59. Big Y Markets, Springfield, Mass.

Top Executive: Donald D'Amour, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 49

Sales In $ Billions: 1.2 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 6/29/03

60. Associated Wholesalers Inc., Robesonia, Pa.

Top Executive: J. Chris Michael, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 10

Sales In $ Billions: 1.1 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 7/31/03

Corporate stores at AWI account for 7% of total sales.

61. K-VA-T Food Stores, Abingdon, Va.

Top Executive: Jack Smith, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 86

Sales In $ Billions: 1.0 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

62. Foodarama, Freehold, N.J.

Top Executive: Joseph Saker, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 22

Sales In $ Billions:0.96 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 11/2/02

63. Minyard Food Stores, Coppell, Tex.

Top Executive: Gretchen Minyard Williams and Liz Minyard, co-chairs, co-CEOs

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 74

Sales In $ Billions: 0.93 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 6/30/03

64. Federated Cooperatives, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Top Executive: Dennis Banda, chairman, president

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 11

Sales In $ Billions: 0.93 ($U.S.) (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 10/31/02

Corporate stores at Federated account for 3.5% of sales. Food sales at Federated account for 44% of total sales, or $2.1 billion (U.S.).

65. Inserra Supermarkets, Mahwah, N.J.

Top Executive: Lawrence R. Inserra, chairman, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 21

Sales In $ Billions: 0.90 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

66. Village Super Market, Springfield, N.J.

Top Executive: James Sumas, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 23

Sales In $ Billions: 0.90 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 7/26/03

67. Bozzuto's, Cheshire, Conn.

Top Executive: Michael Bozzuto, chairman

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 10

Sales In $ Billions: 0.90 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

Corporate stores at Bozzuto's account for 3% of total sales.

68. Wild Oats Markets, Boulder, Colo.

Top Executive: Perry Odak, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 99

Sales In $ Billions: 0.90 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/27/02

69. Associated Grocers, Seattle

Top Executive: Robert Hermanns, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 1

Sales In $ Billions: 0.90 (actual)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/30/02

70. United Supermarkets, Lubbock, Texas

Top Executive: Gantt Bumstead, president

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 44

Sales In $ Billions: 0.80 e

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 1/25/03

71. Brookshire Brothers, Lufkin, Texas

Top Executive: Tim Hale, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 72

Sales In $ Billions: 0.77 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 4/26/03

72. King Kullen Grocery Co., Bethpage, N.Y.

Top Executive: John B. Cullum and Bernard D. Kennedy, co-chairmen, co-CEOs

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 48

Sales In $ Billions: 0.77 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 9/28/02

73. Haggen Inc., Bellingham, Was.

Top Executive: Dale C. Henley, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 29

Sales In $ Billions: 0.76 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/28/02

74. Eagle Food Centers, Milan, Ill.

Top Executive: Robert Kelly, chairman, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 63

Sales In $ Billions: 0.69 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 2/1/03

75. Redner's Markets, Baldon, Pa.

Top Executive: Richard Redner, president, CEO

Corporate/Franchise Stores: 45

Sales In $ Billions: 0.68 (est.)

Date Fiscal Year Ends: 12/31/02

Redner's store totals include 34 supermarkets and 11 convenience stores.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

IGA, the Chicago-based voluntary network of independent operators, accounted for 2002 sales of approximately $24 billion at approximately 4,400 stores worldwide, including $8 billion from 1,600 stores in the United States; $6 billion (U.S.) from 800 stores in Canada, and $10 billion from 2,000 stores in 41 countries outside North America. Virtually all IGA volume in the United States and Canada is included in the sales numbers of IGA's 11 licensed wholesalers in the United States and two in Canada.

Piggly Wiggly Co., Dallas, is an umbrella organization for approximately 600 franchised stores in 18 states with a combined 2002 volume of approximately $4 billion. Fleming, Dallas, is the parent company and is also one of several wholesalers that supplies products to the Piggly Wiggly stores.