CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 99¢ Only Stores announced today that in order to build on recent successes and to execute on the company's previously announced accelerated growth strategy, Richard Anicetti is assuming the role of interim CEO. In addition, Michael Fung will join the company as interim Chief Administrative Officer overseeing finance, information technology, real estate and various administrative functions of the company.
In connection with the foregoing changes, Eric Schiffer, Jeff Gold and Howard Gold are no longer employed by the company.
"Since the first 99¢ Only store opened in 1982, the company has grown into one of the most impressive and differentiated extreme value retailers in the country," said David Kaplan, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Senior Partner and Founding Member of Ares Management LLC. "The Gold/Schiffer family has been instrumental in creating this valuable business and establishing the widely-admired culture at 99¢ Only Stores. As a result, the company has flourished and today is positioned for continued growth and success. The Board of Directors thanks Eric, Jeff, Howard and the rest of the Gold/Schiffer family for their contribution and is looking forward to working with Rick, Mike and our dedicated '99ers' to continue our growth trajectory while providing our customers with excellent value as well as a fun and exciting shopping experience."
Mr. Anicetti has served on the Board of Directors for the past eight months, and brings more than 20 years of senior management experience in the food retail business, including serving for eight years as President and CEO of Food Lion grocery stores, a subsidiary of the Delhaize Group with more than 1,200 locations primarily in the southeastern United States. In addition, he has been a member of the boards of directors at several other food industry companies. Mr. Fung brings more than 30 years of experience in value-oriented retail and finance, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walmart Stores' U.S. operations.
"Over the next several weeks, Mike and I will be working with other members of the senior management team and the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition," said Mr. Anicetti. "We expect that business will continue as usual, and we are excited to get to work on fulfilling the company's vision as one of the leading extreme value retailers in the country."
99¢ Only Stores also reported continued revenue growth for the holiday season and the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended December 29, 2012. Net sales increased $35.6 million, or 8.8%, to $439.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $403.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Same-store sales, calculated on a comparable 13-week period, increased 4.3%.
About 99¢ Only Stores
Founded in 1982, 99¢ Only Stores currently operates 311 extreme value retail stores consisting of 227 stores in California, 39 in Texas, 29 in Arizona, and 16 in Nevada. 99¢ Only Stores emphasizes quality name-brand consumables, priced at an excellent value, in convenient, attractively merchandised stores. Over half of the Company's sales come from food and beverages, including produce, dairy, deli and frozen foods, along with organic and gourmet foods. For more information, visit http://www.99only.com.
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