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APPLEBEE'S ANNOUNCES SENIOR EXECUTIVE CHANGES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION PLANS

 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Applebee's International, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: APPB), today announced the appointment of Lloyd L. Hill as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Kenneth D. Hill to the new position of president of international development. Lloyd Hill and Kenneth Hill are not related.
 Lloyd Hill has served on the Applebee's board of directors since 1989 and has held executive positions since 1980 with Kimberly Quality Care, a leading provider of home health care and nursing services with revenues approximating three quarters of a billion dollars. For the past three years he has served as Kimberly's president.
 Kenneth Hill has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Applebee's since 1991 and a member of the board of directors since 1992. In his new role, he will direct Applebee's expansion internationally, and oversee the acquisition and development of any new concepts.
 In connection with Kenneth Hill's new appointment, the company also announced its intention to embark on a controlled long-term plan of international expansion of the Applebee's concept.
 Abe J. Gustin, Jr., president and CEO, said, "Although the domestic market remains our primary focus for growth, we believe the time is right to begin international franchising. The initial focus of our international expansion will be on Canada, Mexico and northern Europe, including Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. As we have been successfully doing in the U.S., we will seek highly qualified local franchisees with the resources to open multiple Applebee's restaurants in each territory."
 As part of its international expansion plans, Applebee's has also named Gilbert S. Simon as executive director of international franchising. Simon has been instrumental in developing and implementing international expansion strategies for several nationally recognized restaurant companies.
 In related senior management announcements, George D. Shadid has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer, Robert A. Martin to senior vice president of marketing and advertising, and John A. Weber to vice president of purchasing.
 Applebee's International, Inc., headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., develops, franchises and operates a rapidly expanding national chain of restaurants under the trademark Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Falker of Swenson Falker Associates, 612-371-0000, for Applebee's International; or George Shadid or Sue Carroll, 913-967-4000, both of Applebee's International/
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