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GANTOS APPOINTS MICHELE FORTUNE AS PRESIDENT

 GANTOS APPOINTS MICHELE FORTUNE AS PRESIDENT
 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Gantos, Inc.


(NASDAQ: GTOS) announced the appointment of Michele Fortune as its president and chief operating officer effective April 13, 1992. L. Douglas Gantos, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We are very pleased Michele Fortune is joining the company. Our presidential search has been long and thorough and is now successful. The addition of Michele Fortune further strengthens our management team by bringing to the company an accomplished executive with over 20 years of outstanding merchandising and retail management experience. With the recent additions to our board of directors and the appointment of our new president, we look forward with confidence to the company's future."
 Ms. Fortune is currently executive vice president, Merchandising and Marketing with Hit or Miss stores, a division of TJX companies. Prior to this, Ms. Fortune served as president and chief executive officer of AnnTaylor stores. Before joining AnnTaylor in 1987, she was with Lord and Taylor from 1975 to 1987, where she rose through the buying division of that company to be named senior vice president/General Merchandising manager in 1983. Ms. Fortune began her career in 1970 as a buyer at Filene's of Boston.
 Gantos, Inc. is a leading retailer of quality women's wear and accessories. The company currently operates 158 stores in 25 states.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis A. Hoyt of Gantos, Inc., 616-940-9295/
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