The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. (Nasdaq:EBSC) announced today a new department store to be opened in Jasper, Indiana. This store is the Company's third new concept store announced for opening in 2000. The company expects to open the store prior to the Christmas selling season. The Company has announced two other new concept stores for the fall of 2000, which will be located in Howell, Michigan and West Bend, Wisconsin.

"We are delighted with the Jasper location. It will be our tenth store and our second new concept store in Indiana, along with Warsaw. The Jasper store fits well into our strategy to be the destination department store in underserved markets," said Frederick J. Mershad, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Also, our store in Jasper will incorporate new concepts that were successfully introduced last fall in Warsaw and Frankfort, Kentucky."

The Jasper, Indiana store will be located in the Germantown Shopping Center, and will occupy approximately 55,000 square feet. The shopping center is located on U.S. Highway 231 on the north side of Jasper. This store, the fifth of Elder-Beerman's new concept stores, will carry Elder-Beerman's traditional merchandise mix of brand name apparel, accessories and shoes for men, women, juniors, young men and children, quality cosmetics and fragrances, plus a full assortment of home furnishings. The store's new concept design will enhance the customer shopping experience through a more convenient store layout and fixturing that will attractively offer more merchandise in less space.

The features from the Company's other concept stores that will be incorporated in the Jasper store include:

Centralized customer service centers -- Highly visible centers conveniently located in main aisles throughout the store, which will be staffed during all store hours, providing efficient, convenient transactions and quality customer service.

Self-select cosmetics -- All of the fragrances and about 50 percent of the treatment products will be available on open shelves and other open fixtures for easy selection.

The Zone -- A combined juniors' and young men's shop that creates an exciting specialty store within a store for the generation Y customer.

"Elder-Beerman looks forward to treating our future customers in Jasper to a refreshing shopping experience by providing an attractive, exciting and up-to-date department store that delivers fashion, value and superb service," Mershad commented.

The nation's ninth largest independent department store chain, The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio and operates 62 stores in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Elder-Beerman also operates two furniture superstores.

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Because forward-looking statements are based on a number of beliefs, estimates and assumptions by management that could ultimately prove inaccurate, there is no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Many factors could materially affect our actual future operations and results, including the following: the ability to open new stores on schedule; increasing price and product competition; fluctuations in consumer demand and confidence; the availability and mix of inventory; fluctuations in costs and expenses; the effectiveness of advertising, marketing and promotional programs; weather conditions that affect consumer traffic in stores; the continued availability and terms of financing; the outcome of pending and future litigation; consumer debt levels; and other general economic conditions that affect retail operations and sales, such as the rate of employment, inflation and interest rates and the condition of the capital markets.

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