Safeway Offers Great Last Minute Gift Solutions

       More Than 60 Gift Cards from Leading Retailers Now Available 
  SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Last minute holiday shoppers can now
avoid the long lines at the mall and find the perfect gift for everyone on
their list right at their local supermarket. With gift cards from a wide
variety of leading retailers, Safeway's gift card program provides gift-giving
convenience to shoppers hoping to select the right gift, even at the last
minute.  Through exclusive partnerships with Nordstrom, Starbucks, Sears,
BLOCKBUSTER(TM), Borders Books & Music(TM), AMC Theatres, Bed, Bath & Beyond,
Circuit City, Old Navy, Wherehouse Music and many more, Safeway shoppers can
enjoy the variety and excitement of shopping at the nation's leading
retailers, all within the comforts of their local supermarket. 
"It is often hard for shoppers to devote the time to face the crowds at
the mall," says gift giving expert Andrea Claster Greenspan. "Safeway
alleviates the hassle faced by last minute shoppers, desperate to find the
right gift. Whether you purchase a gift card from Nordstrom for the fashion
buff, Wherehouse Music for the music fan or Borders Books & Music(R) for the
book worm, gift cards are the best way to show someone you know their
interests, while giving them the choice of selecting the specific outfit, CD
or novel." 
More than 60 gift cards are sold at Safeway in a wide range of values from
$10 to $200 with no additional service fees or costs, and are active
immediately.  Shoppers can find them at the checkout line, in the greeting
card aisle and at gift card racks at all Safeway retail stores nationwide
including Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Carrs,
Pak 'n Save Foods and Tom Thumb.  Safeway is the only supermarket chain to
provide this program to consumers. 
"Safeway has made gift giving so much easier for a last-minute shopper
like me," said Safeway customer Gaby DiMuro. "On one of my regular trips to
Safeway, I was able to buy all the necessities for a great holiday dinner, and
also buy gifts for my friends and family. It's the best of the grocery store
and the best of the mall all rolled up into one!" 
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SOURCE  Safeway 
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/CONTACT:  Katie Zeigler of Porter Novelli, +1-415-975-3341, or, for Safeway/ 
CO:  Safeway
ST:  California
-0- Dec/02/2002 13:02 GMT
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