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AARON RENTS, INC. DELIVERS OVERNIGHT FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE ANDREW; SETS UP ENTIRE CORPORATE OFFICE OF BURGER KING

AARON RENTS, INC. DELIVERS OVERNIGHT FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE ANDREW;
 SETS UP ENTIRE CORPORATE OFFICE OF BURGER KING
 ATLANTA, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron Rents, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARON), relied on its ability to react quickly in a crisis to deliver furniture overnight to Hurricane Andrew victims in South Florida and to furnish an entire temporary corporate office complex in less than a week for Burger King, whose headquarters building was badly damaged by the storm.
 Even though the Aaron Rents store in South Miami was demolished by Andrew, Aaron Rents, the nation's largest furniture rental and sales company, mounted a monumental effort to meet needs of individuals, families and businesses. Much of the needed furniture had to be manufactured at the company's plants in south Georgia and north Florida and shipped to the hurricane-ravaged area.
 The company mobilized a workforce of 100 people drawn from the South Miami store and sister stores in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Hialeah, in the Miami arel? as Fort Myers, Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla. Some of the company's best drivers were flown in to assure fast, proper loading and delivery. Furniture was shipped from other stores to the stricken area.
 "Our people worked late into the night and sometimes round-the-clock to take care of storm victims, both individuals and corporations," said R. Charles Loudermilk Sr., chairman and chief executive officer of Aaron Rents. "I am personally very proud of the dedicated way in which our people have responded to this crisis."
 The biggest challenge for Aaron Rents was to set up the Burger King corporate offices in temporary buildings. Furnishings included 340 desks and 370 chairs. After a list of needed items was received, it took Aaron Rents only six days to deliver and install the furniture.
 The final installation was completed on Thursday afternoon at the new temporary headquarters of Burger King. In addition to that huge project, Aaron Rents also acted swiftly to furnish temporary offices of insurance adjusters
 "The quicker we could help them set up, the quicker they could help people get back on their feet," said Loudermilk.
 Deliveries were made up until 11 p.m. for people needing furniture in newly rented apartments. The company also found a strong demand by apartment owners for furnishing apartments to be rented.
 Aaron Rents sent more than 12 tractor-trailer loads, each averaging 200 pieces of furniture, to South Florida. Inventory was pulled from other Florida stores and much of the furniture was produced by Aaron Rents plants in Georgia and Florida.
 "Aaron Rents is the only company that could deliver this much furniture in such a short period," said Rich Levine, vice president of Purchasing and Distribution. "No other rental company in the nation has the backup of its own furniture manufacturing plants. Nobody else in the South Florida area was able to get furniture to people overnight."
 The top priority is filling the needs of hurricane victims. "We are trying not to say no to anybody," said Levine.
 Personnel from the South Miami store of Aaron Rents shifted to the stores in Miami and Hialeah with additional people brought in from other stores.
 Aaron Rents, Inc., based in Atlanta, operates more than 150 stores in 22 states for the sale and rental of residential and office furniture and equipment. The company produces furniture at five plants in Georgia and Florida and recently opened its first business equipment rental store in Atlanta.
 The company earlier this year launched a rent-to-own franchise program and has awarded three franchises in the past three months. In addition to the franchise expansion, Aaron Rents expects to have a total of 42 company-owned rent-to-own stores operating by the end of the current fiscal year next March 31.
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 /CONTACT: Gilbert L. Danielson, vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer of Aaron Rents, 404-231-0011/
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