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Chico's FAS, Inc. Hires SVP of Planning and Allocation


FORT MYERS, Fla., May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today announced an addition to its senior management team as part of the Company's continuing effort to position Chico's for current and future growth.

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Toni L. Robinson joins the Company as Senior Vice President of Planning and Allocation for the Chico's brand. Ms. Robinson, who will be reporting to Patricia Murphy Kerstein, Executive Vice President/Chief Merchandising Officer, effectively fills what had been a vacant position in Planning and Allocation. With a strong background in a multi-branded retail environment comparable to the scale of Chico's, she is considered ideally suited for this position. Ms. Robinson will be responsible for all merchandise planning and allocation for the Chico's brand, including providing the direction of improvements in process, planning, and systems for the brand.

Ms. Robinson joins Chico's from Limited Brands where she most recently served as Vice President, Merchandise Planning & Allocation for Bath & Body Works of Limited Brands. She was responsible for strategic planning, merchandise planning, and replenishment. Prior to Limited Brands, Ms. Robinson was employed for eight years with Accenture, one of the world's largest technology consulting firms, where she worked with clients such as GAP, Nordstrom, and Office Depot. Ms. Robinson began her career in merchandising at May Company Department Stores.

Scott A. Edmonds, President and CEO, commented, "We identified a need for a stronger and more advanced planning and allocation process and believe that Toni Robinson possesses the talent and leadership capabilities necessary to enhance and improve this area. We anticipate that she will provide significant assistance with our conversion to the SAP software platform, which is expected to further position us for the even higher volume of transactions anticipated in the future. We are delighted to welcome Toni to our senior management team."

The Company is a specialty retailer of private label, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 797 women's specialty stores, including stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma by Chico's and Fitigues names. The Company owns 508 Chico's front-line stores, 31 Chico's outlet stores, 206 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 9 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 19 Soma by Chico's stores, 10 Fitigues front-line stores and 1 Fitigues outlet store; franchisees own and operate 13 Chico's stores.

Certain statements contained herein, including without limitation, statements addressing the beliefs, plans, objectives, estimates or expectations of the Company or future results or events constitute "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements involve known or unknown risks, including, but not limited to, general economic and business conditions, and conditions in the specialty retail industry. There can be no assurance that the actual future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur. Users of forward-looking statements are encouraged to review the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K, its filings on Form 10-Q, management's discussion and analysis in the Company's latest annual report to stockholders, the Company's filings on Form 8-K, and other federal securities law filings for a description of other important factors that may affect the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

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     Executive Contact:

     Charles J. Kleman
     Executive Vice President
     Chief Financial Officer
     Chico's FAS, Inc.
     (239) 274-4105

     F. Michael Smith
     Vice President
     Investor and Community Relations
     Chico's FAS, Inc.
     (239) 274-4797
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Community Relations, +1-239-274-4797, both of Chico's FAS, Inc./
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CO:  Chico's FAS, Inc.
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