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BRADLEES APPOINTS ERNEST HEETHER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MERCHANDISE OPERATIONS

 BRAINTREE, Mass., May 25 /PRNewswire/ --- Bradlees, Inc. (NYSE: BLE) today announced the appointment of Ernest Heether to the newly created position of senior vice president, merchandise operations. Heether will report to Barry A. Berman, chairman & chief executive officer.
 Heether will oversee the company's inventory planning, allocation and replenishment processes.
 "The creation of this position is a recognition of the role that inventory management and allocation plays in Bradlees' growth plans," said Berman. "With Mr. Heether's experience and proven track record, we believe he will bring new focus and attention to this critical part of our business."
 Heether started his retail career at Montgomery Ward in 1967 where, for 23 years, he held various field and merchandising positions, including director of planning & control and director of replenishment for their retail stores and catalog. Most recently, he was vice president-merchandise planning & control for Caldor's.
 Bradlees, Inc. operates 126 discount department stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Bradlees' common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BLE."
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 /CONTACT: Coleman Nee of Bradlees, 617-380-8370/
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