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The Vitamin Shoppe To Acquire Super Supplements

NORTH BERGEN, N.J., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI), a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Super Supplements, Inc., a specialty retailer of vitamin, mineral and supplements (VMS) for approximately $50 million.  The acquisition will be funded with available cash.  Super Supplements, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, operates 31 stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and expands the Vitamin Shoppe's presence in the Pacific Northwest where it currently operates 17 stores.  The transaction, which is structured as a purchase of Super Supplements' assets by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vitamin Shoppe, is expected to close on December 31, 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Commenting on the transaction, Tony Truesdale, the Vitamin Shoppe's CEO stated, "Super Supplements shares our same values and commitment to health and wellness and will be a strategic and cultural fit for the Vitamin Shoppe.  Super Supplements is an established retailer with a strong track record of providing a broad selection of high quality products and a commitment to superior customer service.  The expansion of our West Coast presence is an exciting step in our continued growth as a national specialty VMS retailer."

Mr. Truesdale added, "Super Supplements' key management team will remain in place and are excited about the growth opportunities we collectively envision.  I am delighted to welcome the Super Supplements team into the Vitamin Shoppe family."

Jim Sweeney, CEO of Super Supplements, commented, "As part of the Vitamin Shoppe family, Super Supplements will be able to leverage the Vitamin Shoppe's scale, operating infrastructure and product development expertise."  Mr. Sweeney added, "We are all very proud of what we have built and accomplished since 1994 and we are very excited that the next chapter for Super Supplements will be as a part of the Vitamin Shoppe family."

Outlook

Vitamin Shoppe expects Super Supplements to contribute approximately $75 million in revenue in 2013 and be neutral to slightly positive to earnings per share in the upcoming year as operating income contribution is offset by integration costs.

Advisors

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel is acting as financial advisor to the Vitamin Shoppe and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal counsel. Cascadia Capital is acting as financial advisor to Super Supplements and Dorsey & Whitney LLP is serving as legal counsel.

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