Safeway appoints Al Duran president of company's Denver division, replaying Scott Grimmett, who is leaving the company

PLEASANTON, California , December 14, 2011 () – Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY - News) announced the appointment of Al Duran to President of the company's Denver Division. He replaces Scott Grimmett , who is leaving Safeway for an opportunity with a non-competing food retailer.

"Al's results-oriented leadership style and experience on both the retail and the marketing side of our business will serve him well in his new assignment," said Safeway Chairman, President and CEO, Steve Burd . "He is also a Colorado native and knows that market well."

Mr. Duran joined Safeway's Denver Division in 1979, and worked his way through the company's ranks including senior retail operations and marketing positions in the Safeway's Phoenix and Dominick's divisions. He joined Safeway's corporate team in 2009 as Vice President of Retail Initiatives.

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 1,694 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $41.1 billion in 2010. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.

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