Date: 12 July 2016

Details: Between 1205 and 1230 hours ET today, Tuesday, 12 July 2015, this investigator spoke by telephone to:

(1) an assistant manager/day shift (a), and
(2) the general manager(b) of the store depicted in the image below and identified as follows:

Shop Rite
900 Madison St,
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tel: (201) 792-6070

This investigator inquired whether there has been any panic buying, a noticeable increase in sales traffic or volume, or any discernible rise in consumer purchases of food or personal items within the last 48-72 hours. This investigator also asked whether there have been lines of customers either waiting to enter the store (standing outside of the primary entrance) or longer-than-average check-out lines of customers waiting to leave.

Both respondents replied in the negative to each of the above questions.

Secondly, this investigator asked whether any media (television, print, radio or internet) had contacted this or any other Shop Rite named or owned store within that same period. Both responded in the negative. Lastly, this investigator inquired whether any media persons were observed or granted permission to conduct interviews with customers either inside or outside of their store. Again, both replied in the negative.

This investigator contacted two additional food retailers in the greater Hoboken, NJ area, receiving similar replies from both stores.

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH: ShopRite Supermarkets, with their corporate headquarters based in Keasbey, New Jersey, consists of 50 individually owned-and-operated affiliates with over 296 stores located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It is defined as a retailers' cooperative (co-op) chain of supermarkets. Its corporate distribution arm has been identified and confirmed as Wakefern Food Corporation, which also owns 33 of the locations through subsidiary ShopRite Supermarkets making it the largest affiliate in the cooperative. It is also based in Keasbey, New Jersey.

CONCLUSION: This investigator found no evidence to support the claims or assertions contained within the report supplied.

Jul 12, 2016

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