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      County Market Express buys 16 more convenience stores

      The following is a news release from Niemann Foods Incorporated regarding latest purchase of 16 convenience stores in Northeast Missouri;

      Niemann Foods announce the purchase of 16 Pick-A-Dilly Convenience stores.

      An agreement was reached between Big River Oil of Hannibal Mo. and Niemann Foods of Quincy Il. for the acquisition of the Pick-A-Dilly Convenience stores. The entire acquisition should be completed over the next month. " NFI is excited to welcome the Pick-A-Dilly group into our family, our experience in retail and more specifically in Convenience stores, has prepared us for this opportunity. Big River Oil is a strong organization and will continue to supply fuel to the Pick-A-Dilly as well as the area County Market Express Stores." Says Jeremy Dyer, NFI Director of Operations Convenience Store Group. "Our partnering with NFI allows us to focus on our core business of energy distribution while NFI is able to focus on its core business of retail. This agreement will benefit the customers and employees of both companies." Says Stewart McIntyre Vice President of Big River Oil Company.

      NFI intends on continuing to operate the stores under the Pick-A-Dilly name. Locations include Kirksville, Edina, Canton, West Quincy, Palmyra, Louisiana, Vandalia, Center, Kingdom City, 2 in Moberly and 5 in Hannibal. Many of the locations will allow co-marketing efforts with area County Market Stores, increasing customer value through promotions and greater buying power. NFI also recently completed the acquisition of the Shell One Stop Convenience store located on 6th & Broadway in Quincy. "Our recent growth demonstrates NFI TMs commitment to the area. As a locally owned & operated business we are committed to our associates, our customers and the communities we serve." Gerry Kettler, Director of Consumer Affairs.

      Niemann Foods is an associate owned company founded in 1917 and based in Quincy Il.

      NFI operates a wide variety of retail formats including County Market & Save-A-lot grocery stores, Ace Hardware, Pet Supply Plus and now 28 Convenience Stores under 2 banners, Pick-A-Dilly and County Market Express