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SPIEGEL TO BUILD DISTRIBUTION FACILITY IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

 SPIEGEL TO BUILD DISTRIBUTION FACILITY IN COLUMBUS, OHIO
 DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Spiegel, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: SPGLA) today announced that it has selected the Columbus, Ohio area as the site for its new one-million-square-foot distribution facility. The new building, designed to accommodate the catalog distribution operations of Spiegel, subsidiary Eddie Bauer and other Spiegel affiliates, will be constructed on a 190-acre parcel located in Groveport, a Columbus suburb.
 Spiegel will break ground for the new facility in November of this year. The company expects the building to be constructed and fully operational by the end of 1994. The combined catalog operation could initially employ up to 1,500 people.
 Michael Moran, Spiegel vice president and general counsel, said the company selected the Columbus area site following a thorough analysis of each site against relevant criteria including land, construction costs, utilities, transportation, taxes, work force and other factors. Moran said the decision was a difficult one. "Each site had benefits," he said, "but in the end we had to make a choice that was best for our business.
 "The Columbus site provides Spiegel with significant overall savings. And when we combine our Eddie Bauer catalog operations, we gain added efficiencies."
 The Groveport, Ohio site is part of the Rickenbacker Port Authority property near the intersection of Alum Creek Drive and State Rte. 317. The site was selected over three Illinois locales -- Champaign, Decatur and Plainfield. State and city officials supplied much of the data used in the site analysis. In addition, Spiegel executives and the company's independent consultants personally visited each site.
 Moran praised Illinois Gov. Edgar and Chicago Mayor Daley for their efforts on behalf of the state and city. "Both made strong presentations," he said, "but when we laid it all out and looked at the long-term benefits, Columbus was clearly the choice."
 Spiegel's corporate headquarters will remain in Downers Grove. In addition, Moran said that the company's other Illinois facilities in Bensenville, Oak Brook and Westmont are not affected by the Columbus decision.
 Spiegel, Inc. is the dominant multi-channel retailer marketing fashionable apparel and home furnishings to discerning customers through catalogs and more than 250 specialty retail stores. Spiegel's businesses include Eddie Bauer, Crayola Kids and For You from Spiegel. Spiegel's Class A non-voting common stock trades on the NASDAQ National Market System under the ticker symbol: SPGLA.
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 /CONTACT: Debbie Koopman of Spiegel, Inc., 708-769-2596/
 (SPGLA) CO: Spiegel, Inc. ST: Illinois, Ohio IN: REA SU:


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