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HANDLEMAN HEADQUARTERS EXPANSION DESIGNED TO CONSOLIDATE DEPARTMENTS AND STREAMLINE OPERATIONS

 TROY, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Handleman Company (NYSE: HDL), a mass merchandiser of home entertainment products, has recently completed a 42,000-square-foot addition to its corporate headquarters building.
 According to Stephen Strome, president and chief executive officer, a decision to combine a number of administrative functions into one facility led to the building program. "The added space will allow the company to consolidate its Troy-area offices into one building," Strome said. "This expansion is consistent with our continuing commitment to find ways to make our company more efficient and productive. We've also allowed for an expansion factor in the new space to accommodate future growth."
 Much of the additional office space will be utilized by an expanded information systems department, which will result in a more cost- effective operation of the company's proprietary order processing, purchasing and inventory control systems. Two floors of offices plus a basement storage area make up the new wing.
 Design of the new addition is patterned after the existing structure, with the office area surrounding an atrium. Architects for the project were Luckenbach/Ziegelman, and construction was done by Jonna Companies. These are the same two Troy-area companies responsible for the original award-winning structure which was completed in 1985. The Handleman headquarters building, which now has a total area of 130,000 square feet, will ultimately be staffed by more than 500 employees.
 Handleman Company, with sales in excess of $1 billion, is the largest specialty merchandiser of home entertainment products to mass merchants in North America. Products include prerecorded music, prerecorded videos, books and home computer software. The company's 4,000 employees service approximately 22,000 retail departments from distribution facilities located in the United States and Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Matthew Hilzinger, assistant to the president of Handleman, 313-362-4400, Ext. 397; or Donald A. Drew of Stone, August, Baker PR, 313-641-0400, for Handleman/
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