Hart Stores opening nine new locations



    SYMBOL: HIS (TSX)
    www.hartstores.com

    LAVAL, QC, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Hart Stores Inc. (HIS:TSX), an operator
of mid-sized department stores, announced today the opening of nine new
stores, eight in the province of Quebec and one in Ontario.
    A new location in Chambly, Quebec, was inaugurated this morning and two
new locations will open their doors tomorrow in Portneuf and Ville-Marie, both
in Quebec. Following that, the Company will open its 14th store in Ontario in
the city of Chelmsford on October 16th, and in Quebec, locations in Amos, La
Sarre, La Malbaie, Paspediac and Iles-de-la-Madeleine will open their doors.
More store openings are planned for spring for which the opening dates will be
announced later.
    Hart Stores President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Hart comments:
"These new stores are an important addition to our current network which will
further strengthen our position as a dominant player in many of the tertiary
markets. We continue to expand according to our strategic growth plans and now
with 89 stores, we are confident that we will be able to reach our target of
100 stores. The additions of these new locations will continue to provide
efficiencies in our distribution, our marketing operations and increase our
purchasing volume."

    About Hart Stores Inc.:

    Hart Stores Inc. operates a network of 89 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, electronics, appliances, giftware, toys and seasonal goods.
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For further information:

For further information: Mr. Jacques Plante, VP-Finance & Chief
Financial Officer, Hart Stores Inc., (450) 661-4155, jplante@hartstores.com,
www.hartstores.com

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