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AMES BOARD NAMES THORNER PRESIDENT

 ROCKY HILL, Conn., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Ames Department Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMES) today named Chief Operating Officer Peter Thorner, the company's senior executive, to the additional position of president.
 Thorner, 49, a member of the board, had been named to the position of chief operating officer on Dec. 7, 1992. He joined Ames in May 1990 as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
 Prior to joining Ames, Thorner was managing director, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheelabrator Technologies. He was executive vice president of Rapid American Corp. from 1985 to 1987. In 1982, he joined Ogden Corp. as senior vice president, chief financial officer.
 From 1968 to 1982, he was associated with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in a variety of positions prior to his appointment as audit partner in
1978. He began his business career as an accountant for Margolin,


Winer & Evans in 1965. Thorner is a graduate of the City University of New York and a certified public accountant.
 Ames operates 309 discount department stores in 14 northeastern states.
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 /CONTACT: Marge Wyrwas of Ames, 203-257-2659; or Andrea Priest of Ogilvy, Adams & Rinehart, 212-880-5272, for Ames/
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