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BRINKER INTERNATIONAL ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH COLES MYER LTD. TO DEVELOP CHILI'S RESTAURANTS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

 DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced that the company has signed a licensing agreement with Coles Myer Ltd., a Melbourne, Australia, retail company, providing exclusive rights to develop Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants in Australia and New Zealand.
 The agreement calls for Coles Myer to develop up to 50 Chili's restaurants over the next seven years, following an initial test period.
 Established in 1914, Coles Myer Ltd. is Australia's largest retail corporation. The company operates supermarkets, discount department stores, department stores and a range of specialty retail operations that include fast food restaurants, toy superstores, liquor stores, women's fashion outlets and variety stores. Coles Myer has the largest per capita sales of any retailer in the world.
 "We're confident that the atmosphere of fun and informality associated with our Chili's restaurant concept will translate very well into the Australian culture," said Ron McDougall, president and chief operating officer of Brinker International.
 "Our partnership with Coles Myer represents an opportunity for Brinker to be associated with one of the premier retail companies in the world, and we believe it will create a significant impact on the further expansion of our company into the international marketplace."
 Brinker International opened its first international Chili's location in Edmonton, Canada, in 1991, and has since added Chili's restaurants in Montreal, Canada, and Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico. The company has additional development agreements signed or pending in several other countries.
 Brinker International currently has 387 restaurants in 42 states and in Canada and Mexico. The company's portfolio of four restaurant concepts -- Chili's Grill and Bar, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Grady's American Grill and Spageddies -- generated more than $809 million in systemwide revenues in the 1993 fiscal year. Brinker International's stated goal is to achieve annual systemwide revenues in excess of $2 billion by the end of the decade.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Cervenka or Rob Martin, 214-953-0808, of Meltzer & Martin Public Relations/


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