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DRUG EMPORIUM ELECTS NEW DIRECTOR; ALESSI APPOINTED TREASURER

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Shareholders of Drug Emporium, Inc., (NASDAQ: DEMP) voting today at the annual meeting, elected V.J. "Tom" Wiechart Sr. and reelected Walter E. Sinterman to the company's board of directors.
 David L. Kriegel, Drug Emporium's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We are particularly pleased to have Tom Wiechart on the board. As chairman and CEO of Wiechart Pharmacy, Inc., Tom brings his skills as a pharmacist and in pharmacy management to our board at a time when we are focusing on this growing part of our company." Pharmacy represents more than 20 percent of Drug Emporium sales.
 Kriegel announced that Keith E. Alessi, chief financial officer, has also been appointed treasurer.
 Drug Emporium is a national chain of 134 company-owned stores specializing in competitively priced health and beauty aids, cosmetics and prescription drugs. The company's financial statements also reflect franchise revenue from an additional 99 Drug Emporium stores.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Lagusch, vice president and corporate secretary of Drug Emporium, Inc., 614-548-7080; or Investor Relations Consultants, Inc., 614-436-5592/
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