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CompUSA Throws 'Coast-to-Coast' Grand Openings; Leading Computer Retailer to Premiere Locations in Hartford, New York, Minneapolis & San Diego Markets on Nov. 22

DALLAS, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CompUSA Inc. (NYSE: CPU), America's Largest Computer Superstore(R) retailer, today announced the Dallas-based company will celebrate the simultaneous grand openings of four new Computer Superstores in Encinitas, Calif., Manchester, Conn., Minnetonka, Minn., and New York, N.Y. on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m.

The new CompUSA Computer Superstore(sm) in the San Diego market is located at 1046 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas, Calif., and the new Hartford/New Haven-area Superstore is located at 1450 Pleasant Valley Road in Manchester, Conn. The new Minneapolis-market Superstore is located at 11500 Wayzata Blvd. in Minnetonka, Minn.; the New York City Superstore is located at 1775 Broadway (at 57th Street) in Manhattan.

"CompUSA continues to strengthen our presence from coast to coast," said Jim Halpin, CompUSA president and chief executive officer. "Our strategy is to be a 'total solutions provider' for our customers nationwide by applying our expertise in retail, corporate, government, and education sales, as well as in technical services, training and mail order."

The new CompUSA Computer Superstores represent the company's latest store prototype, showcasing CompUSA's innovative CompKids(TM) and Software Sampler(TM) areas in an exciting, interactive shopping environment. Designed for maximum customer convenience, CompUSA Superstores feature departments including Software, Computers and Printers, Communications, Accessories, and Technical Services.

CompUSA offers computer training courses for all experience levels in the latest software for consumers and businesses. Taught at over 35O CompUSA classrooms across the nation, the company's wide range of classes includes database, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and Internet applications. For businesses, on-site training is available.

CompUSA's direct sales division specializes in products and services for companies of all sizes, ranging from SOH0 (small office/home office) to Fortune 1000 businesses, as well as for governmental and educational institutions. Working hand-in-hand with business customers, CompUSA's dedicated account management teams provide customized services including product selection, procurement, financing, software licensing, technical services, and networking. CompUSA also offers a convenient mail order service which enables customers nationwide to order thousands of products by calling 1-800-COMPUSA.

For Internet users, CompUSA operates a web site at www.compusa.com, where customers can obtain information about the company and browse its on-line catalog.

The new CompUSA locations will offer special grand opening promotions, as well as CompUSA's unrivaled product selection of brand-name computer hardware and software by leading manufacturers such as App1e, Compaq, Digital, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, Packard Bell, and Toshiba.

CompUSA Inc. is one of the nation's leading retailers and resellers of personal computers and related products and services. Including the four new locations, CompUSA currently operates 119 Computer Superstores in 54 major metropolitan markets throughout the United States, and PCs Compleat, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CompUSA and a leading direct reseller of personal computers and peripherals. In addition to retail customers, CompUSA Computer Superstores serve corporate, government and education customers. The Computer Superstores average 27,000 square feet and include technical service departments and classroom training facilities.

SOURCE CompUSA, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Carol Elfstrom, Dir. of Public Comm., CompUSA, Inc., 972-982-4181/

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