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Chico's FAS, Inc. Appoints Stephen E. Watson to Serve on its Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chico's FAS, Inc. Appoints Stephen E. Watson to Serve on its Board of Directors16:05 EST Tuesday, November 23, 2010FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today announced that it has appointed Stephen E. Watson to its Board of Directors, effective November 18, 2010, increasing the total number of Board seats to nine.  Mr. Watson was also appointed to the Board's Audit Committee and Compensation and Benefits Committee.(Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091112/FL09527LOGO )Mr. Watson brings to the Board nearly 40 years of executive and director experience in the retail industry.  From 1973 through 1996, Mr. Watson held various executive officer positions with Dayton Hudson Corporation, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dayton Hudson Department Stores Co. and President of Dayton Hudson Corporation.  From 1997 until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Watson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gander Mountain Company, a privately held retailer for outdoor sports and recreation activities. In addition to serving as a director of Chico's, Mr. Watson is currently also a director of Regis Corp. and Kohl's Corporation, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit and the Nominating & Governance committees.  From 1997 through December 2005, Mr. Watson was a director of ShopKo Stores, Inc., an operator of general merchandise stores.  From 2004 through May 2007, Mr. Watson was a director of Smart & Final, Inc., an operator of grocery stores.  He also served on the boards of Norwest Bank from 1990 to 1996, Target Corporation from 1991 to 1996, Retek Inc. from November 1999 to 2004, and Eddie Bauer Holdings, Inc. from 2005 to 2009.David F. Dyer, President & CEO commented, "We are very pleased to welcome Steve to the Board of Directors.  Steve brings a wealth of knowledge that will be of great help as we continue our work to grow the Chico's FAS family of brands."    ABOUT CHICO'S FAS, INC.The Company is a women's specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items.  The Company operates 1,154 specialty stores, including stores in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The Chico's brand currently operates 598 boutique and 63 outlet stores, publishes a catalog during key shopping periods throughout the year, and conducts e-commerce at www.chicos.com.White House | Black Market currently operates 345 boutique and 21 outlet stores, publishes a catalog highlighting its latest fashions and conducts e-commerce at www.whbm.com.Soma Intimates is the Company's developing concept with 119 boutique stores and 8 outlet stores today.  Soma Intimates also publishes a catalog for its customers and conducts e-commerce at www.soma.com.SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995  Certain statements contained herein, including without limitation, statements addressing the beliefs, plans, objectives, estimates or expectations of the Company or future results or events constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.  Such forward-looking statements involve known or unknown risks, including, but not limited to, general economic and business conditions, and conditions in the specialty retail industry.  There can be no assurance that the actual future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur.  Users of forward-looking statements are encouraged to review the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K, its filings on Form 10-Q, management's discussion and analysis in the Company's latest annual report to stockholders, the Company's filings on Form 8-K, and other federal securities law filings for a description of other important factors that may affect the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition.  The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.For more detailed information on Chico's FAS, Inc., please go to our corporate website, www.chicosfas.com.Executive Contact:Robert C. AtkinsonVice President-Investor RelationsChico's FAS, Inc.(239) 274-4199SOURCE Chico's FAS, Inc.For further information: Robert C. Atkinson, Vice President-Investor Relations, Chico's FAS, Inc., +1-239-274-4199