Additional financial details and information about the operating impact resulting from this consolidation will be provided by the Company on March 12 th when it releases fourth quarter results and holds its quarterly conference call.

“The employees in South Hill have played an important role in helping grow our company and serve our customers, and I am truly grateful for their years of dedicated service. We are committed to treating each of them with fairness and respect throughout the consolidation process,” Mr. Glazer concluded.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. operates primarily in small and mid-sized towns and communities. Its stores, which operate under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage and Steele’s names, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The Company operates 864 stores in 40 states. The Company also has an eCommerce website. For more information about Stage Stores, visit the Company’s web site at www.stagestoresinc.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements reflect our expectations regarding future events and operating performance and often contain words such as "believe", "expect", "may", "will", "should", "could", "anticipate", "plan" or similar words. In this document, forward-looking statements include comments regarding the number of positions the Company expects to eliminate in South Hill and the number of positions the Company expects to add in Houston related to the consolidation of its South Hill, Virginia regional office operations into its Houston, Texas headquarters. Forward-looking statements also include comments regarding the operational and financial benefits that the Company expects to realize from the consolidation, as well as comments regarding the amount of restructuring charges that the Company expects to incur as a result of the consolidation. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on March 28, 2012, and other factors as may periodically be described in our other filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

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