The Company’s capital expenditure plans entail the continued expansion of its existing markets, including the Washington, D.C. metro area which incorporates northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and coastal Delaware. Real estate development by its nature is both unpredictable and subject to external factors including weather, construction schedules and costs. Any change in the amount and timing of new store development can impact the expected capital expenditures, sales and operating results.
The Company’s management remains cautious in its expectations for fiscal 2013 due to the current economic environment and its impact on the Company’s customers. The Company will continue to refine its merchandising strategies to respond to the changing shopping demands. The retail grocery market remains intensely competitive, and any operating improvement will be dependent on the Company’s ability to increase its market share and to effectively execute the Company’s strategic expansion plans.
On July 8, 2013, the Company and The Kroger Co. (“Kroger”) entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of the Company for $49.38 per share in cash (“The Merger Agreement”). The terms of the Merger Agreement were approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The merger is expected to close following the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including approval by the Company’s shareholders and regulatory approval.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties. A discussion of various important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements is shown in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include: generally adverse economic and industry conditions; changes in the competitive environment; economic or political changes; changes in federal, state or local regulations affecting the Company; the passage of future tax legislation, or any negative regulatory or judicial position which prevails; management's ability to predict the adequacy of the Company's liquidity to meet future requirements; volatility of financial and credit markets which would affect access to capital for the Company; changes in the Company's expansion plans and their effect on store openings, closings and other investments; the ability to predict the required contributions to the Company's pension and other retirement plans; the Company’s requirement to impair recorded goodwill or other long-lived assets; the cost and availability of energy and raw materials; the continued solvency of third parties on leases that the Company guarantees; the Company’s ability to recruit, train and retain effective employees; changes in labor and employer benefits costs, such as increased health care and other insurance costs; the Company’s ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses; the extent and speed of successful execution of strategic initiatives; unexpected outcomes of any legal proceedings arising in the normal course of business; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of The Merger Agreement; the failure to receive, on a timely basis or otherwise, approval of the merger proposal by our shareholders or the approval of government or regulatory agencies with regard to The Merger Agreement; the failure of one or more conditions to the closing of The Merger Agreement to be satisfied; the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to The Merger Agreement or merger; risks arising from the merger’s diversion of management’s attention from our ongoing business operations; risks that our stock price may decline significantly if the merger is not completed; and, the ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners pending the completion of the merger. Other factors not identified above could cause actual results to differ materially from those included, contemplated or implied by the forward-looking statements made in this news release.