The Children's Place Retail Stores today announced commencement of operations in the company's 250,000 sq ft distribution centre located in southern California.

This state-of-the-art facility will be used to support the company's aggressive westward expansion and service stores west of the Mississippi. The distribution centre is capable of servicing more than 500 stores and is expected to supply 120 stores by the end of this year and approximately 200 stores by the end of 2002.

"Commencement of operations in our new distribution centre marks an important step toward building our infrastructure to achieve our goal of operating over 1,000 stores across the United States," stated Ezra Dabah, chairman and CEO. "In addition to faster replenishment of our West Coast stores, we expect to realize other operating efficiencies including lower freight costs to our stores and shorter transit times from the majority of our overseas manufacturers."