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ALCO Stores, Inc. Announces February Sales Results



ALCO Stores, Inc. Announces February Sales Results

ABILENE, Kan., March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALCO Stores, Inc.
(Nasdaq:ALCS) today announced that sales from continuing operations, excluding
fuel, increased 3.3% to $36.4 million for the fiscal four-week period ended
March 3, 2013, compared to $35.2 million during the same period of the prior
year. On a same-store basis, excluding fuel, sales were equal to a year
earlier.

Rich Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "February
same-store sales were virtually unchanged from a year earlier. The impact of
two major snowstorms, which forced a number of stores across the Central
United States to shut down at various times during the month, also provided an
opportunity to sell additional winter seasonal merchandise. We remain positive
about ALCO's top-line opportunities moving into the spring season with the
addition of frozen food, our expanded and improved Outdoor Seasonal business
and our new apparel introductions, which so far are gaining a favorable
reception from our customers."

About ALCO Stores, Inc.

ALCO Stores, Inc. is a broad-line retailer, primarily located in small
underserved communities across 23 states. The Company has 217 ALCO stores that
offer both name brand and private label products of exceptional quality at
reasonable prices. We are proud to have continually provided friendly,
personal service to our customers for the past 112 years. To learn more about
the Company, visit www.ALCOstores.com.

The ALCO Stores, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5865

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as referenced in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("the Act"). Forward-looking
statements can be identified by the inclusion of "will," "believe," "intend,"
"expect," "plan," "project" and similar future-looking terms. You should not
rely unduly on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking
statements reflect management's current views and projections regarding
economic conditions, retail industry environments, and the Company
performance. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and
uncertainties, and, accordingly, actual results may vary materially. Factors
which could significantly change results include but are not limited to: sales
performance, expense levels, competitive activity, interest rates, changes in
the Company's financial condition, and factors affecting the retail category
in general. Additional information regarding these and other factors may be
included in the Company's 10-Q filings and other public documents, copies of
which are available from the Company on request and are available from the
United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Wayne S. Peterson
         Senior Vice President - Chief Financial Officer
         785-263-3350 X164
         email: wpeterson@ALCOstores.com
         or
         Debbie Hagen
         Hagen and Partners
         913-642-6363
         email: dhagen@hagenandpartners.com

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