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McLane Goes to Town & Country

Retailer enters into distribution agreement

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Town & Country Food Stores Inc. and McLane Co. Inc. have entered into a distribution service agreement that will be effective through 2008.

Town & Country is a major convenience retailer covering a 107,000-sq.-mi. area of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. It operates more than 144 convenience stores, seven T&C Village Markets, 15 travel stops, 23 Subway locations and several Godfather Pizza locations.

The Town & Country locations provide a number of proprietary offerings including 89 Country [image-nocss] Cookin' outlets, Sub City sandwich operations, "the Cold Front" fountain area, "The Hot Spot" hot beverages centers and the frozen, carbonated beverage "TC Freeze."

Alvin New, president and CEO of San Angelo, Texas-based Town & Country, said, "Our service agreement with McLane positions our company well to continue serving our customers with quality products and servicesespecially fresh foodsand to accomplish our vision of great people reaping the rewards of great service."

Temple, Texas-based McLane provides distribution services throughout the United States, delivering food and nonfood products to more than 50,000 customer locations, including the c-store, drug store, mass merchandise, quick-service restaurant (QSR) and movie theater industries. It operates 19 grocery distribution divisions and 18 foodservice distribution centers as well as an industry specific software company. McLane is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

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