Kirkland's CEO Robert Alderson Announces Intent to Retire in February 2014

  Kirkland's CEO Robert Alderson Announces Intent to Retire in February 2014

Business Wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- March 14, 2013

Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today announced that Robert Alderson, the
Company’s long-time President and Chief Executive Officer, has advised the
Board of Directors of his intention to retire from the Company at the end of
fiscal 2013, or approximately February 1, 2014.

Mr. Alderson, 66, noted, “Over the past five years, we’ve restored Kirkland’s
stability and significantly enhanced its profitability. We’ve also completed a
huge amount of foundational work in systems, e-commerce, marketing,
merchandising process, real estate and store operations. Over the course of
the year, we will continue to work on substantially upgrading our
merchandising talent and leadership. I have enjoyed the last 27 years at
Kirkland’s, but now is the right time to begin recasting the leadership.”

Wilson Orr, the Company’s Chairman, noted, “Robert is an exemplary leader and
has given much of himself to Kirkland’s over the past three decades. We
obviously respect his desire to step back at the end of the year and will work
with him on planning for the appropriate leadership for the next phase of our

Kirkland's, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is a specialty retailer of home décor
in the United States. Although originally focused in the Southeast, the
Company has grown beyond that region and currently operates 317 stores in 35
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 gifts, as well as seasonal
merchandise. 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 to differ materially from forecasted results. Those
risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the competitive
environment in the home décor 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 Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed
on April 12, 2012. 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


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