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VENTURE STORES, INC. CALLS ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREOWNERS

O'FALLON, MO., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture Stores, Inc. (NYSE: VEN) announced today that its Board of Directors has called the 1996 annual meeting of Venture's shareowners, which will be held on May 24, 1996 at 9:30 a.m., Central Daylight Time, at the Stouffer Concourse Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri. The record date for determining shareowners entitled to vote at the meeting will be the close of business on April 5, 1996. The purposes of the meeting are to elect two directors, to approve an amendment to the Venture Stores, Inc. 1992 Long Term Performance Plan, to ratify the appointment of independent auditors, to vote on a shareowner proposal to terminate the Venture Stores, Inc. Retirement Plan for Non-Management Directors, to vote on a shareowner proposal regarding reorganization of the Board of Directors into one class, and to transact any other business that properly comes before the meeting.

Venture operates 115 family value department stores in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas. Venture's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VEN.
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/CONTACT: Eugene Caldwell, Venture Stores, Inc., 314-281-7800/

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