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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Supervalu Enters Fight; Fresh Market Loses Round To Marsh

Indiana a Battleground in Specialty Food Store Fight

Supervalu has just announced this morning that it will be launching a new specialty food store brand called "Sunflower." The first store is planned for Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, the Northern Indiana District Federal Court sitting in South Bend has denied a request for a preliminary injunction sought by The Fresh Market in its trademark infringement battle with Marsh Supermarkets over the store branded "Arthur's Fresh Market."

The Fresh Market operates a store at Covington Plaza in Fort Wayne as well as a store in the Indianapolis market. It is planning an additional store in Indianapolis within the year. The first Arthur's Fresh Market was opened in Syracuse, Indiana. Marsh also operates Arthur's Fresh Market in the Indianapolis metro area.

Supervalu operates a distribution center in Fort Wayne as well as the Scott's Foods and Pharmacy chain in northeast Indiana.

Marsh is a publicly traded company based in Indiana.

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