Media advisory - Empire Company Limited Advisory of Fiscal 2008 Annual General Meeting and Q1 Fiscal 2009 Results Conference Call



    STELLARTON, NS, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A) will
hold its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Thursday, September 11,
2008, at Empire Theatres (Studio 7), Aberdeen Mall, 610 East River Road,
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
(Atlantic Daylight Time).

    Media
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    Please note that cameras will only be allowed in the main meeting room
for the first five minutes. Paul Sobey, President & Chief Executive Officer,
Empire Company Limited will be available to the media immediately following
the meeting (approximately 12:00 p.m.).

    Audiocast of AGM
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    The event will be available live on the internet via audiocast. To access
the audiocast, please visit out website at www.empireco.ca. The audiocast will
be archived and available on the Empire website following the event.

    Q1 Fiscal 2009 Results Conference Call
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    Empire Company Limited will hold a conference call on Thursday,
September 11, 2008, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (Atlantic Daylight Time) during
which senior management will discuss the Company's financial results for the
first quarter of fiscal 2009 ended August 2, 2008.

    The dial-in numbers for the conference call are:
    (416) 644-3415
    (800) 733-7560

    A live audiocast of the conference call will be accessible on the
Company's website at www.empireco.ca.
    Replay will be available until midnight, September 18, 2008, or on the
Company's website for 90 days following the conference call. To access the
archived conference call, please dial (416) 640-1917 or (877) 289-8525 and
enter passcode 21281555, followed by the number sign.

    Empire Company Limited (TSX symbol: EMP.A) is a Canadian company
headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire's core businesses include
food retailing and related real estate. With over $14 billion in annual
revenue and approximately $5.7 billion in assets, Empire employs approximately
42,000 people directly and through its subsidiaries.




For further information:

For further information: Paul V. Beesley, Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer, (902) 755-4440; www.empireco.ca


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