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Press release from CNW Group

Hart Stores Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hart Stores Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer16:24 EDT Friday, May 18, 2012SYMBOL: HIS (TSXV)www.hartstores.comLAVAL, QC, May 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Robert Farah, President and COO of Hart Stores Inc. (TSXV: HIS), announces the appointment of Mr. Pat Filippelli CA, as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Hart Stores Inc.Mr. Filippelli joins the Company with over 23 years of senior financial management experience. Mr. Filippelli's responsibilities will include the overall management of financial resources, controls and policies to ensure achievement of the Company objectives. Mr. Filippelli is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and is a chartered accountant.About Hart Stores Inc.:Hart Stores Inc. operates a network of 60 mid-sized department stores under the Hart, Bargain Giant and Géant des Aubaines banners. The stores are located in secondary and tertiary markets throughout Eastern Canada where the Company has established a dominant position in many of the communities that it serves.  The stores offer an extensive and differentiated selection of national and exclusive fashion apparel brands as well as family footwear, home furnishings, electronics, appliances, giftware, toys and seasonal goods.For further information: Hart Stores Inc. Mr. Robert Farah President and COO Hart Stores Inc. (450) 661-4155 rfarah@hartstores.com