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DISCOUNT AUTO PARTS OPENS SEVEN NEW STORES

 LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Discount Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: DAP) announced the opening of three more stores in Florida, including its first store in the Panhandle, and four more in Southern Georgia, bringing the total number of stores to 189. All the new stores are mini-depots, the store format with an average of 8,000 to 12,000 square feet that is geared to suburban markets.
 The Florida stores are located in Fort Myers, Jacksonville Beach, and Crestview, the company's entry into the Panhandle. The Georgia stores are located in Hinesville, Brunswick, Americus and Vidalia.
 Grand opening celebrations for all stores will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to closing, with special sale prices and giveaways for the public.
 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 suburban markets. And the warehouse style depot format with up to 25,000 square feet is designed for metropolitan markets.
 Discount Auto Parts, Inc., is Florida's leading specialty retailer of automotive replacement parts, maintenance items and accessories for the Do-It-Yourselfer ("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 or Bill Perkins of Discount Auto Parts, 813-687-9226/
 (DAP)


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