GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2002--GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer, today announced the opening of its 1,200th retail store. The new GameStop store is located at Lake Air Court in Waco, Texas. The company is on pace to open in excess of 200 new stores in the current fiscal year, 177 of which are currently open.
"While reaching 1,200 stores is an exciting milestone for GameStop, it is also just a step on the way to the continued rapid expansion of our company," said R. Richard Fontaine, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. "We are on pace to open over 200 stores this year; and, given the growth of the video game business, and the success we have had serving very diverse demographics, we plan to grow even faster in the coming years."
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), is the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer. The company operates 1,200 retail stores throughout 49 states and Puerto Rico, under the GameStop(R), Babbage's(R), Software Etc.(TM) and FuncoLand(R) brands. In addition, the company owns a commerce-enabled Web property, GameStop.com, and Game Informer magazine, a leading video and computer game publication.
GameStop Corp. sells the most popular new software, hardware and game accessories for the PC and next generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, and is also the industry's largest reseller of used video games. In addition, the company sells computer and video game magazines and strategy guides, action figures, and other related merchandise to more than 30 million customers.
Barnes and Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller, has approximately a 60 percent interest in GameStop. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Website: http://www.gamestop.com/investor-relations.
This press release (including any attached schedules) contains "forward-looking statements." GameStop Corp. is including this statement for the express purpose of availing itself of the protections of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and represent the beliefs of the management of the company. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks include, but are not limited to, general economic and market conditions, decreased consumer demand for the company's products, possible disruptions in the company's computer or telephone systems, possible work stoppages or increases in labor costs, possible increases in shipping rates or interruptions in shipping service, effects of competition, possible disruptions or delays in the opening of new stores or the inability to obtain suitable sites for new stores, higher than anticipated store closing or relocation costs, higher interest rates, the performance of the company's online and other initiatives, the successful integration of acquired businesses, unanticipated increases in merchandise or occupancy costs, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, product shortages, and other factors which may be outside of the company's control. Please refer to the company's reports on file with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could cause results to differ materially.
|CONTACT:||GameStop Corp., Grapevine|
|Lori M. Milovich, 817/424-2130|
|Director, Public & Investor Relations|
|David W. Carlson, 817/424-2130|
|Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer|