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Chico's: Debbie Phelps's Lucky Charm!

08/19/2008

FT. MYERS, Fla., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- As Michael Phelps collected gold medals for the United States, his mother and #1 fan, Debbie Phelps stylishly stood out in the crowd. Since her arrival in Beijing, Ms. Phelps has been spotted cheering on her son in head-to-toe Chico's!

Prior to her departure for China, Debbie Phelps visited her favorite Chico's store in Towson, Maryland to purchase her Beijing wardrobe. She spent the week cheering her son to record breaking gold while wearing Chico's signature Travelers Collection and unique Novelty Print tops. Now Debbie's long list of accomplishments not only includes mother to the world's greatest athlete, but also fashion plate!

"Before I left for Beijing, I went to Chico's and picked out my entire wardrobe for the trip. I knew I was going to need to be prepared for a variety of events, activities and climates so I picked key pieces that I could mix and match, dress up, and dress down. That's what I love about Chico's; their clothes aren't only well made but also great for travel. They drape beautifully, don't cling, and flatter all body types. I'm a jewelry person, so I love that you can change the accessories and have an entirely new look. It's fun. I love Chico's," says Debbie Phelps.

"As an educator, single mother and her son's biggest champion, Debbie has been an inspiration to us, and to our customers all over the world. Ever since Debbie first wore Chico's in Beijing, our phone lines have been ringing off the hook. Women everywhere want to know how to get Debbie's look," states Michele Cloutier, Chico's Brand President.

For more information, interviews or photos, please contact Jessica Wells at 239.274.4798 or jessica.wells@chicos.com.

About Debbie Phelps:

Deborah S. Phelps is a dedicated educator, proud parent and principal of Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an active member in her community working with several local non-profit and educational organizations throughout Maryland as well as with national organizations such as ADHD Moms.

A native of Allegany County, in western Maryland, Phelps earned her master's degree in education management and supervision from Loyola College, in Baltimore, in 1998 and her bachelor's degree of arts in education from Fairmont State College, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in 1973. She is a proud mother of three children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world, all types of sports -- especially swimming -- and spending time reading and reflecting on life. Debbie has aspirations of writing her own book in the future.

Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) is a specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 1,079 women's specialty stores, including stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market and Soma Intimates names. The Company has 619 Chico's front-line stores, 41 Chico's outlet stores, 329 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 19 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 70 Soma Intimates front-line stores and 1 Soma Intimates outlet store.

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CONTACT: Jessica Wells, Chico's FAS, Inc., +1-239-274-4798, jessica.wells@chicos.com /
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