Kirkland's Strengthens Senior Management Team With Key Hires in Real Estate and Logistics

Completes New Store Leasing for Fiscal 2002

Oct 01, 2002, 01:00 ET from Kirkland's, Inc.

    JACKSON, Tenn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
     Kirkland's, Inc. (Nasdaq:   KIRK) today announced that it has made new hires
 in the strategic areas of real estate and logistics.  Roland Mackie has joined
 the company as Vice President of Real Estate, and Todd A. Weier has joined as
 Vice President of Logistics.
     Kirkland's also announced that it has completed its new store leasing for
 fiscal 2002.  The company has opened five new stores thus far in 2002 and
 currently has 11 stores under construction.  Kirkland's anticipates that all
 16 new stores will be open prior to Thanksgiving.
     Commenting on these new additions to the Kirkland's management team,
 Robert Alderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "With our
 expected increase in new store openings for fiscal 2003 and future years,
 successful execution of our real estate and distribution strategies becomes a
 key component of our growth.  Roland and Todd will be valuable additions to a
 management team committed to taking Kirkland's to higher levels of financial
 and operational performance."
     Mr. Mackie has over 18 years of experience in the shopping center industry
 with a strong background in leasing and property management.  He was most
 recently Leasing Manager for Poag & McEwen Lifestyle Centers, one of the
 originators of the open-air "lifestyle center" concept.  His previous
 experience also included seven years with Simon Property Group, which today is
 the largest shopping center owner in the United States.
     "Roland's background on the landlord side of the business will provide a
 new and valuable perspective for Kirkland's," stated Mr. Alderson.  "We expect
 to benefit from his extensive relationships in the industry and his experience
 with both mall and lifestyle center venues.  He will be involved in all
 aspects of managing the company's real estate assets, with an immediate
 emphasis on identifying sites and negotiating leases to support our new store
 growth plans."
     Mr. Weier brings to Kirkland's a retail background that includes over
 15 years in distribution and logistics.  His most recent position was Director
 of Logistics for  His career also has included eight years with
 Victoria's Secret Catalogue.
     Mr. Alderson commented, "Todd's hiring is yet another step forward for
 Kirkland's as we advance our capabilities in central distribution and supply
 chain management.  His background in building and managing logistics
 operations for growing retailers is an excellent fit for Kirkland's.  He will
 be a leader in the expansion and enhancement of our central distribution
 effort, and he will work closely with merchandising and store operations to
 enhance overall supply chain efficiency."
     Kirkland's, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is a leading specialty retailer
 of home decor in the United States.  Although originally focused in the
 Southeast, the Company has grown beyond that region and currently operates
 239 stores in 28 states.  The Company's stores present a broad selection of
 distinctive merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, candles, lamps,
 picture frames, accent rugs, garden accessories and artificial floral
 products.  The Company's stores also offer an extensive assortment of holiday
 merchandise, as well as items carried throughout the year suitable for giving
 as gifts.  More information can be found at
     Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this
 release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of
 the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking
 statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause
 Kirkland's actual results in future periods to differ materially from
 forecasted results.  Those risks and uncertainties include, among other
 things, the competitive environment in the home decor industry in general and
 in Kirkland's specific market areas, inflation, product availability and
 growth opportunities, seasonal fluctuations, and economic conditions in
 general.  Those and other risks are more fully described in Kirkland's filings
 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the registration
 statement on Form S-1 originally filed on April 23, 2002, as amended.
 Kirkland's disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly
 announce results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements
 contained herein to reflect future events or developments.
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