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5/21/2002
Harris Teeter and Upromise Give Customers a Head Start on College Savings
CHARLOTTE, NC, May 2, 2002 --- Harris Teeter VIC customers can now earn money back for college when they purchase thousands of items from America's leading brands through Harris Teeter's participation in the Upromise Grocery service.

"Upromise is another way for us to reward our loyal customers," said Kevin Crainer, director of VIC marketing for Harris Teeter. "Add up a portion of your weekly grocery bill from now and when your child or grandchild goes to college, and it can really make a difference."

Participating manufacturers include: Coca-Cola, Garelick Farms™, The Glad Products Company, Gorton's, Keebler, Kellogg, Kimberly-Clark, McNeil, Minute Maid, Nestle Ice Cream Company, Procter & Gamble, Snyder's of Hanover, Inc. and Welch's.

"We're thrilled to have Harris Teeter join our network of leading companies," said George Bell, Upromise CEO. "Our grocery service helps families makes saving a part of families' everyday lives, and Harris Teeter is helping promote our 'Save For College' message across nearly every grocery aisle."

Automatic Savings, Enroll In Minutes

To participate in Harris Teeter's Upromise grocery service, members simply register their Harris Teeter VIC card at www.upromise.com. Enrolling in Upromise is free and takes just a few minutes. Harris Teeter shoppers can earn 3-5% back for college when they use that card to purchase any of thousands of participating items. There are no coupons to collect or receipts to keep. All of Harris Teeter's Upromise contributions are in addition to other store specials and manufacturers' coupons. Families can track their contributions through purchase summaries posted online in their Upromise account.

Upromise members can also save for college when they buy gas at ExxonMobil, join America Online, use AT&T long distance, shop at Toys"R"Us, Borders Books & Music® or Circuit City®, eat at McDonald's® or 7,000 other restaurants, purchase a GM car, Countrywide mortgage or eligible New York Life insurance product -- even buy or sell a home with Century 21. The free Upromise service was launched in April 2001. Over one million families have already joined.

Harris Teeter, Inc., with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is ranked as one of the top 50 largest supermarkets in the United States with 2001 sales of $2.4 billion. The grocery store chain employs about 14,000 people and has 142 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.