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DRUG EMPORIUM OPENS 100TH AND 101ST STORES; BRINGS TOTAL STORE COUNT TO 234

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 26 /PRNewswire/ Drug Emporium, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEMP) today announced the opening of the chain's 100th franchise store. The new store, which opened this past week in Wichita, Kansas, was followed two days later by the opening of the 101st franchise store in the Dallas, market, bringing the total number of company-owned and franchise stores to 234 serving more than 40 markets in 26 states.
 Richard Gibson, a multi-market franchisee with 10 stores in Louisiana, Texas and now Kansas, said, "We are excited about expanding into the Wichita market, enabling consumers in the area to save 30 to 40 percent on health and beauty aid items." He added that the new store will help boost the local economy by employing approximately 45 Wichita area residents.
 Gibson added, "We feel very good about opening another store and plan to have two more Drug Emporium stores in the Wichita market. We believe Drug Emporium has a very bright future here and across the country."
 David L. Kriegel, Drug Emporium's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "These new stores also exemplify the continuing strength of the company's coast-to-coast network of franchisees."
 He noted that the company, recognizing the need for strong and profitable franchise operations, recently formed a Franchise Advisory Board. This board, consisting of three Drug Emporium franchisees and three independent business people, serves as a forum for franchisees to discuss issues and make recommendations to Drug Emporium, Inc.
 "This communication is helping strengthen both the company and our franchisees," Kriegel said.
 The new Dallas area store brings the total to 15 Drug Emporium stores in that market.
 Drug Emporium is a national chain of 133 company-owned and 101 franchised stores specializing in competitively priced health and beauty aids, cosmetics and prescription drugs.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Lagusch, vice president and corporate secretary of Drug Emporium, Inc., 614-548-7080; or Investor Relations Consultants 614-436-5592, for Drug Emporium, Inc./
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