ALCO Stores, Inc. Announces March Sales Results

ALCO Stores, Inc. Announces March Sales Results

ABILENE, Kan., April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALCO Stores, Inc.
(Nasdaq:ALCS) today announced sales from continuing operations, excluding
fuel, increased 1.4% to $44.8 million for the five-week period ended April 7,
2013, compared to $44.2 million during the same period of the prior year. On a
same-store basis, excluding fuel, sales decreased 1.7% from a year earlier.

Rich Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "March sales
results benefited from the shift of the Easter holiday this year compared to
April last year. However, due to the extended winter weather throughout much
of the Midwest, sales decreases in our outdoor seasonal businesses offset the
benefit of the Easter shift, resulting in a decrease in same-store sales.
Lower sales in outdoor furniture, lawn and garden, and horticulture were
responsible for the entire sales decrease for the month of March."

Mr. Wilson concluded, "We are confident that sales in weather-sensitive
categories will normalize as temperatures return to more typical weather
patterns throughout April and May. We are also encouraged by the progress
being made as we integrate our new Revionics price optimization software. The
project is currently on schedule and we expect to realize benefits during
third and fourth quarters."

Effective with the thirteen-week reporting period ending May 5, 2013, the
Company will switch from reporting sales results on a monthly basis to
reporting sales results on a quarterly basis. 

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call at 10:00 a.m. Central Time
on Friday, April 19, 2013, to discuss operating results for the fourth quarter
and fiscal year ended February 3, 2013.The dial-in number for the conference
call is 888-240-9373 (international/local participants dial 913-312-0376), and
the Conference Code is 8688745.Parties interested in participating in the
conference call should dial in approximately five minutes prior to 10:00 a.m.
Central Time.A replay of the call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Central
Time April 19, 2013 through April 24, 2013, by dialing 888-203-1112
(international/local participants dial 719-457-0820), and the Replay Code is
8688745.A replay of the call will also be available four hours after
completion of the call by visiting the Investors page on the Company's
website, www.ALCOstores.com.

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.

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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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