Sobeys completes purchase of Thrifty Foods

    Alex A. Campbell Appointed Chairman Emeritus

    STELLARTON, NS, Sept. 12 /CNW/ -Sobeys Inc. announced today that it has
finalized its purchase of British Columbia-based Thrifty Foods. This follows
completion of due diligence and receipt of all regulatory approvals.
    The acquisition, announced on July 16, 2007, includes 20 grocery stores
on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland as well as a distribution facility
in Saanichton, BC.
    Sobeys Inc. further announced the appointment of Alex A. Campbell as
Chairman Emeritus, Thrifty Foods. Mr. Campbell will also sit on the Thrifty
Foods Advisory Board.
    "Alex Campbell's appointment as Chairman Emeritus of Thrifty Foods
reflects the leadership role he has played in the growth and development of
this business and to the broader grocery retailing industry in Canada," said
Bill McEwan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sobeys Inc. "I am delighted
that Alex will continue to provide guidance to the business as a member of the
Thrifty Foods Advisory Board."

    About Sobeys Inc.

    Sobeys Inc. is a leading national grocery retailer and food distributor.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns
or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners
that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, Price Chopper and Thrifty Foods, as well
as Lawtons Drug Stores. Sobeys Inc. is committed to providing the most
worthwhile experience for its customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers and
shareholders. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Walker, Vice President, Communications &
Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Inc., (905) 293-6711

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