Safeway Reaffirms Support for Guard and Reserve Employees

          Safeway Reaffirms Support for Guard and Reserve Employees

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Burd Signs Statement of Support in
honor of Veterans Day

PR Newswire

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Employer Support of the Guard
and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced that Steve Burd,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safeway Inc. signed a Statement of
Support for the Guard and Reserve at a ceremony at the company's corporate
offices in Pleasanton, California and was joined by ESGR National Chairman
James Rebholz.

The Statement of Support confirms Safeway joins other employers in pledging:

  oWe fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment
    and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  oOur managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively
    manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  oWe appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members
    bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen,
    Reservists and Veterans.
  oWe will continually recognize and support our country's service members
    and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

"We are honored to reaffirm Safeway's support for our employees in the
National Guard and Reserve," said Mr. Burd. "No other public service could be
more important than providing support to our men and women in uniform."

Guardsmen and Reservists bring integrity, global perspective and proven
leadership to the civilian workforce. "Supportive employers are critical to
maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units
and allow Guardsmen and Reservists the opportunity to serve our country more
effectively and with greater peace of mind," said James Rebholz, ESGR National
Chairman. "By signing this Statement of Support, Safeway sends a clear message
they stand committed to their military employees."

About ESGR
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency
established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and
Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding
support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between
service members and employers.

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at or
by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0709, or by
email at

About Safeway
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug
retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,644 stores
in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion
in 2011. The company's commonstockis traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol SWY.

Contacts: Tom Bullock, ESGR, (571) 372-0709,
          Brian Dowling, Safeway, (925) 467-3787,

SOURCE Safeway Inc.

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