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Forward-Looking Disclaimer

Forward-Looking Disclaimer

This website may contain forward-looking statements which reflect management’s expectations regarding the Company’s objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this website, including statements regarding the Company’s objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities, may constitute forward-looking information. Expressions such as “anticipates”, “expects”, “believes”, “estimates”, “could”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “predicts”, “projects”, “will”, “would” and other similar expressions, or the negative of these terms, are generally indicative of forward-looking statements.

These statements are based on Empire management’s reasonable assumptions and beliefs in light of the information available to them at the time such statements are made. The forward-looking information contained in this website is presented for the purpose of assisting the Company’s security holders in understanding its financial position and results of operation as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented and the Company’s strategic priorities and objectives, and may not be appropriate for other purposes. By its very nature, forward-looking information requires the Company to make assumptions and is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties which give rise to the possibility that the Company’s predictions, forecasts, expectations or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that the Company’s assumptions may not be correct and that the Company’s objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. Although the Company believes that the predictions, forecasts, expectations or conclusions reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such matters will prove to have been correct. Such forward-looking information is not fact but only reflects management’s estimates and expectations. These forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements.  These factors include but are not limited to: changes in general industry, market and economic conditions, competition from existing and new competitors, energy prices, supply issues, inventory management, changes in demand due to seasonality of the business, interest rates, changes in laws and regulations, operating efficiencies and cost saving initiatives.  In addition, these uncertainties and risks are discussed in the Company’s materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, including the Risk Management section of the annual Management's Discussion and Analysis included in the Company's Annual Report.

Empire cautions that the list of important factors is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. Readers are urged to consider the risks, uncertainties and assumptions carefully in evaluating the forward-looking information, and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements may not take into account the effect on the Company’s business of transactions occurring after such statements have been made. For example, dispositions, acquisitions, asset write-downs, or other changes announced or occurring after such statements are made may not be reflected in forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information in this website reflects the Company’s expectations as of the most recent financial reports, and is subject to change after this date. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company other than as required by applicable securities laws.