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ROSS STORES NAMES MELVIN A. WILMORE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 ROSS STORES NAMES MELVIN A. WILMORE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
 NEWARK, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Norman A. Ferber, president and chief executive officer of Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST), announced today that Melvin A. Wilmore will join Ross as executive vice president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, 1992. In this newly-created position, Wilmore will report directly to Ferber. His responsibilities will include store operations, property development, human resources and the controller's group.
 Prior to joining Ross, Wilmore served as president and chief executive officer of LIVE Specialty Retail, a 144-store chain of pre- recorded software home entertainment stores headquartered in Milford, Mass. LIVE Specialty Retail, a division of LIVE Entertainment Inc., operates 110 Strawberries stores in nine northeastern states and 34 Waxie Maxie Quality Music stores in Virginia and Maryland.
 In addition, Wilmore has over twenty years of in-depth retail experience, including president of Albert's Hosiery, president and chief operating officer of Zale Jewelry Stores Division, and senior vice president of stores with Abraham & Straus.
 In commenting on this new appointment, Ferber stated, "Melvin Wilmore is a valuable addition to the senior management group at Ross Stores. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of all phases of retail operations, as well as his wide range of experience, brings a fresh perspective that will strengthen our management group and enhance our company's ability to compete in today's changing retail environment."
 Ross Stores Inc. operates a national chain of off-price retail stores offering first quality, in-season, branded apparel and apparel- related merchandise for the entire family. The company currently operates 205 stores in 18 states.
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 /CONTACT: Earl T. Benson, 510-505-4400 or Katie Loughnot, 510-505-4509 both of Ross Stores Inc./
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