ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 6, 2012) - Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) announced today the new store in Mills River, N.C. has received an ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that recognizes the energy efficiency of the store's design. The Mills River store was awarded the "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR" certification after meeting strict EPA guidelines for the estimated energy use of the building.

Commenting on the Energy Star certification, Robert P. Ingle II, chief executive officer, stated, "Energy efficiency is a priority for Ingles Markets and the Energy Star certification highlights our goal of building energy efficient stores. We continue to work with our architects and contractors to ensure that our stores are energy efficient to be good stewards of our resources and to hold down overhead costs to maintain low prices for our customers. We are pleased that the EPA recognized the new Mills River store with their Energy Star certification."

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 203 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company's Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market's Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles' website

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