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DISCOUNT AUTO EXPANDS INTO GEORGIA

 LAKELAND, Fla., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Discount Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: DAP) announced the opening of the first store outside its home state of Florida today, a 10,000-square-foot Mini-Depot store in Bainbridge, Ga. The store is located at 1503 E. Shotwell St., and opened on April 22.
 The company operates three different store formats depending on the characteristics of the local market. The Standard store format typically has about 6,000 square feet of selling space and is designed for rural markets. The slightly larger Mini-Depot format, averaging 8,000 to 12,000 square feet, is geared to the suburban markets. And the warehouse-style Depot format which has up to 25,000 square feet is designed for the metropolitan markets.
 Company president Denis Fontaine said that the new facility will bring the total number of stores to 167, and is the first of several stores expected to be operational in Georgia this year, with locations mainly concentrated in Southern Georgia. He said that growth in Georgia is part of an overall planned 20 store expansion during 1993. This 15 percent growth rate matches the company's rate of store growth over the past five years, a rate Fontaine said will accelerate to 30 to 36 new locations in fiscal 1994.
 He added that the company plans to fund this growth out of existing cash flow, and that the Georgia locations will be serviced out of the central distribution center in Lakeland, Fla. Discount Auto Parts is investing $5.2 million to almost double the size of the center to 305,000 square feet.
 Grand opening celebrations for the new facility are scheduled for May 15, from 8 a.m. to closing. The public is invited to attend the activities which will include giveaways and special sale prices.
 Discount Auto Parts, Inc. is Florida's leading specialty retailer of automotive replacement parts, maintenance items and accessories for the "Do-It-Yourself" ("DIY") consumer. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and local brokers can provide appropriate investment information.
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 /CONTACT: Denis Fontaine, president, or William Perkins, CFO of Discount Auto Parts, Inc., 813-687-9226/
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