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Conn’s, Inc. Announces Plans To Close Five Stores

Conn’s, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:CONN), a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, home appliances, furniture, mattresses, computers and lawn and garden products today announced its plans to close five stores.

Based on continued review of the demographic information and market share opportunities of its current store base, the Company has identified five underperforming store locations that it will close during January 2012. The stores had average annual revenues of $5 million per store, and are located in Edmond, Oklahoma, Houston, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and two in Dallas, Texas. The Company is in the process of determining the long-lived asset impairment and lease charges that will be required to be recorded in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 financial statements. Upon completion of all announced store closures the Company will have 64 retail locations.

“The closing of the five stores this month is a continuation of our previously communicated plan to evaluate our existing store base and close or relocate underperforming stores. Additionally, we are progressing on our plans to open five to seven new stores in fiscal 2013, in areas with compelling demographic characteristics that we believe are favorable to our business model,” commented Theodore Wright, the Company’s CEO.

About Conn’s, Inc.

The Company is a specialty retailer currently operating 70 retail locations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma: with 23 stores in the Houston area, 17 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, eight in San Antonio, three in Austin, five in Southeast Texas, one in Corpus Christi, four in South Texas, six in Louisiana and three in Oklahoma. The Company’s primary product categories include:

  • Home appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and ranges;
  • Consumer electronics, including LCD, LED, 3-D, plasma and DLP televisions, camcorders, digital cameras, Blu-ray and DVD players, video game equipment, portable audio, MP3 players and home theater products;
  • Furniture and mattresses, including furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and related accessories and mattresses; and
  • Home office, including desktop, notebook, netbook and tablet computers, printers and computer accessories.

Additionally, the Company offers a variety of products on a seasonal basis, including lawn and garden equipment, and continues to introduce additional product categories for the home to help respond to its customers' product needs and to increase same store sales. Unlike many of its competitors, the Company provides flexible in-house credit options for its customers, in addition to third-party financing programs and third-party rent-to-own payment plans. In the last three years, the Company financed, on average, approximately 60% of its retail sales under its in-house financing plan.

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