Gadzooks, Inc. (Nasdaq: GADZ) today announced the grand opening of its first two Orchid stores at The Woodlands Mall on Wednesday,
October 31, and at Baybrook Mall on Monday, November 5. Both malls are located in Houston, Texas. Orchid will cater to the unique innerwear and sleepwear needs
of females between the ages of 14 and 22. Orchid will offer a combination of branded and private label innerwear, sleepwear, fragrances and bath/body products in a shopping environment carefully
designed to provide an inviting and comforting shopping experience to young women. The two remaining Orchid stores are scheduled to open the second week of November at Vista Ridge Mall in Dallas, Texas and Esplanade Mall in Kenner, Louisiana. Commenting on the Orchid openings, Gadzooks president and chief merchandising officer, Paula Masters stated, "Our collaborative efforts with FRCH Design Worldwide helped us craft a decor that mirrored our desired style of service and
merchandise selection. Our goal was to present an environment that offered our customers a shopping experience unique to Orchid. I believe we have achieved that." Masters concluded, "Our job now is to listen closely to our customers to further
understand their needs, and monitor our mix to ensure it remains fresh and aligned with our brand identification." Dallas-based Gadzooks, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and related accessories for young men and women principally between the ages of 14 and 18. Established in 1983, Gadzooks currently operates over 400 mall- based stores in metropolitan and middle markets in 40 states. Certain statements contained in this news release may be deemed forward- looking
statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Reference is made to the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year
ended February 3, 2001, for factors that, among others, could cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those contained in the forward- looking statements.
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