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Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY), ("Safeway"), today announced the receipt of a request for additional information and documents (the "second request") from the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") in connection with the FTC's review of the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement"), dated as of March 6, 2014, among Safeway and AB Acquisition LLC, Albertson's Holdings LLC, Albertson's LLC, and Saturn Acquisition Merger Sub, Inc. (collectively, "Albertsons"). The second request extends the waiting period imposed by the Hart−Scott−Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Safeway and Albertsons have substantially complied with the second request unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the FTC. Safeway and Albertsons have been working, and will continue to work, cooperatively with the FTC.

About Safeway Inc.

Safeway Inc., which operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Carrs stores, is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with sales of $36.1 billion in 2013. The company operates 1,335 stores in 20 states and the District of Columbia, 13 distribution centers and 20 manufacturing plants, and employs approximately 138,000 employees. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. For more information, please visit www.Safeway.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This document may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of Safeway by AB Acquisition LLC. In connection with the proposed merger transaction, Safeway will file with the SEC and furnish to Safeway's shareholders a proxy statement and other relevant documents. Shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement and other relevant materials when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed acquisition. Investors will be able to obtain a free copy of documents filed with the SEC at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, investors may obtain a free copy of Safeway's filings with the SEC from Safeway's website at http://www.Safeway.com or by directing a request to: Safeway Inc., 5918 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, California 94588, Attention: Investor Relations.

Participants in the Solicitation

Safeway and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Safeway may be deemed "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders of Safeway in favor of the proposed merger. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the shareholders of Safeway in connection with the proposed acquisition will be set forth in the proxy statement and the other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC. You can find information about Safeway's executive officers and directors in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2013 and in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on Schedule 14A on April 1, 2013.

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