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LESLIE'S POOLMART ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

 CHATSWORTH, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Leslie's Poolmart (NASDAQ: LESL) today announced that Robert D. Olsen will join the company as chief financial officer, effective April 26, 1993.
 Brian P. McDermott, president and chief executive officer of Leslie's, said, "Bob has played key roles in building two successful nationwide retail businesses. His contributions include the implementation and use of extensive information systems, a key qualification in a high-growth situation such as we have. With Bob on board, we have essentially completed our new management team that will take us through our next phase of significant growth."
 Recently, Olsen served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at TuneUp Masters, a 238-store retail chain in the automotive services industry. Prior to TuneUp Masters, he held executive positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in the senior vice president/Finance role, with Autozone, a highly successful specialty retailer of auto parts. His previous experience includes financial and strategic planning positions with Pepsico, Pepsi-Cola USA, and Northern Community Investment Corp. Olsen earned a master of business administration degree at Duke University's Fuqua School of Management and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Vermont.
 Founded in 1963, Leslie's Poolmart is the country's leading specialty retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products. The company currently markets its products through 158 retail stores in 26 states and a nationwide mail-order catalog.
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 /CONTACT: Brian P. McDermott, president and CEO of Leslie's Poolmart, 818-993-4212; or Eugene G. Heller of Silverman, Heller Associates, 310-208-2550, for Leslie's Poolmart/
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