Stage Stores Inc has received approval from the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas to extend the "exclusivity period" in its bankruptcy proceeding until March 31, 2001. In a statement, Jack Wiesner, chairman of the board of directors, commented: "The extension of the exclusivity period through March 31, 2001 will allow the company to continue to develop and implement its restructuring plan." Stage Stores Inc retails brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear throughout the United States. The company currently operates stores under the Stage, Bealls and Palais Royal names.