Federated Department Stores, Inc (NYSE:FD)(PCX:FD) announced today that it plans to construct a new-concept Bon Marche store at The Northside Center in Helena, Montana, in 2001.

The store will be the first of its kind in the country built by Federated. The 65,000 sq ft facility will offer upscale apparel, accessories and home merchandise, excluding furniture. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, with a store opening planned for fall 2001.

About The Bon Marche
The Bon Marche, a division of Federated, is based in Seattle and currently operates a total of 42 stores in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

About Federated
Federated, with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the US's leading department store retailers with annual sales of more than $17.7bn. Federated currently operates more than 400 department stores in 33 states and Puerto Rico under the names of Bloomingdale's, The Bon Marche, Burdines, Goldsmith's, Lazarus, Macy's, Rich's and Stern's. Federated also operates the Fingerhut, Bloomingdale's By Mail, Macy's By Mail and macys.com and bloomingdales.com direct-to-consumer catalogue and e-commerce subsidiaries.