Stage Stores and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Specialty Retailers Inc and Specialty Retailers Inc NV, today announced that they have filed a consolidated Plan of Reorganisation and Disclosure Statement with the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The companies expect the Bankruptcy Court to conduct a hearing on May 21, 2001 for the purpose of making a determination as to the adequacy of the Disclosure Statement. Once approval is received from the Bankruptcy Court, the companies will commence solicitation of votes from creditors for approval of the Plan of Reorganization.