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ARA SERVICES ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF SHARKS STORE AT SAN JOSE ARENA

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ARA Services has officially opened the doors of its new Sharks Store at the San Jose Arena in anticipation of the Arena's grand opening scheduled for Sept. 7.
 ARA is the concession and novelty services manager at the Arena, as well as the sole merchandising manager for the Sharks mail-order business and three other retail outlets around the Bay Area.
 "We know that Sharks fans are excited about the new Arena home for their favorite team, and ARA is extremely pleased to offer them the widest variety of Sharks merchandise in the area," said Jay Smith, general manager for ARA. "Of course, to help celebrate one of the Bay Area's most anticipated events -- the Arena opening -- The Sharks Store also features exclusive, inaugural-year Arena collectibles."
 According to Smith, the inaugural-year items include limited edition pennants, coin collectibles and hockey pucks.
 The Sharks Store at the San Jose Arena is located at 525 W. Santa Clara St. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sharks Stores are also located in the Vallco Fashion Park Mall in Cupertino, the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, and the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton.
 In addition to serving as the sole merchandising manager for the Sharks, ARA also manages sports merchandising for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and for seven Major League baseball teams, three NFL teams, five national parks and other popular tourist attractions across the country.
 ARA Leisure Services manages food and concessions for Major League arenas and stadiums nationwide and in Canada. ARA is a privately held, international, diversified service management company with nearly $5 billion in annual sales. Based in Philadelphia, ARA employs 124,000 people worldwide and provides quality services for industry, institutions, government and the general public in the areas of food and leisure, uniform rental and maintenance, periodical distribution, health care and child care.
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 /CONTACT: Jay Smith, general manager, ARA, 408-999-5735, or Christine Reimert of The Tierney Group, 215-732-4100, for ARA Services/


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