Lamonts Apparel Inc. (OTC:LMNTE), which operates 38 casual lifestyle and apparel stores in five northwestern states, today announced the signing of an agreement that allows Gottschalks Inc. (NYSE:GOT), a regional department store chain that operates 42 department stores and 20 specialty apparel stores in the west and northwest, to acquire Lamonts' stores as an asset purchase, subject to approval by the bankruptcy court.