Hart Stores Inc. Appoints new CFO



    SYMBOL:HIS (TSX)
    www.hartstores.com

    LAVAL, QC, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Michael Hart, President of Hart
Stores (TSE: HIS), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques
Plante, CA, as Vice President Finance & CFO of Hart Stores Inc. effective
immediately.
    Mr. Plante joins the company with 20 years of financial management
experience, including 3 years of auditing experience, 8 years in the mass
merchandising retail field and the last 9 years in financial reporting and
planning roles, of which most recently as Vice President-Financial Reporting
and Budgeting, of a large international sportswear manufacturer.
Responsibilities of Mr. Plante will include the overall management of
financial resources, controls and policies to ensure achievement of the
Company objectives. Mr. Plante is a graduate of the Quebec University in
Montreal, a chartered accountant and also a CA - IT specialist.
    At the same time, the Company would like to nominate Mrs. Francine Perras
as Controller and Corporate Secretary. Mrs. Perras has been with the Company
for over 7 years as Controller and most recently as Interim CFO & Secretary,
during which she has demonstrated leadership in her role.

    We wish them success in their new functions.

    About Hart Stores Inc.:

    Hart Stores Inc. operates a network of 77 mid-sized department stores
under the Hart, Bargain Giant and Géant des Aubaines banners. The stores are
located in secondary and tertiary markets throughout Eastern Canada where the
Company has established a dominant position in many of the communities that it
serves. The stores offer an extensive and differentiated selection of national
and exclusive fashion apparel brands as well as family footwear, home
furnishings, giftware, toys and seasonal goods.
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For further information:

For further information: Mr. Michael Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Hart
Stores Inc., (450) 661-4155, mihart@hartstores.com; www.hartstores.com

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