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.