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GOTTSCHALKS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD MEMBER

 GOTTSCHALKS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD MEMBER
 FRESNO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Gottschalks Inc. (NYSE: GOT) announced today, Fred Ruiz has agreed to serve on the board of directors of Gottschalks Inc. Ruiz will stand for election to the board at the annual meeting o stockholders on July 16, 1992.
 Ruiz is the president and chief executive officer of Ruiz Food Products Inc, a frozen food company located in Dinuba, Calif. Ruiz Foods Products currently employs 1,100 people and has a facility of over 198,000 square feet.
 Ruiz has over 27 years' experience in the food processing industry.
 In 1983, Fred and his father received the United States Small Business Persons of the Year award. The award was presented to Fred and Louis Ruiz by President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden of the White House.
 Currently, Ruiz serves on the board of directors of the College of the Sequoias, Business Advisory Council, Advisor to Family Business Institute and Past Chairman of the Board Valley Business Center at California State University, Fresno; Board of Directors of Tulare District Hospital Foundation, Steering committee of Tulare County Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program, Board of Trustees of Valley Children's Hospital, Review Board Member of the U.S. Military Academy, committee member of Hispanic Business College Fund and a member of the Dinuba Rotary club.
 He is a member of numerous Chamber of Commerce business and food service associations. Ruiz is a recipient of Latin American Businessman of the Year for 1989. Selected as "Master Entrepreneur of the Year," Southern California, by Inc. Magazine, 1990. Honored as Tulare County Red Ribbon Week Chairperson for 1990. Elected as Honorary Member of Beta Gamma Sigma California State University, Fresno Chapter 1990. Inducted into the College of the Sequoias Hall of Fame in 1991. Received United States Small Business Administration Entrepreneur Success Award for 1992 and inducted in the the U.S. Small Business Administration's Hall of Fame in 1992.
 Ruiz and his wife Mittzie, have four children, ages 6 through 25 and one grandchild.
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 / CONTACT: Gerald H. Blum, President of Gottschalks, 209-434-8000/
 (GOT) CO: Gottschalks Inc. ST: California IN: REA SU: PER


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