ALCO Stores, Inc. Announces Installation of Stan Latacha as New Chief Executive Officer

COPPELL, Texas, Sept. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALCO Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALCS) ("ALCO" or the "Company"), a broad line retailer which specializes in providing a superior selection of essential products for everyday life in small-town America, today announced at a Company Town Hall Meeting that Director Stanley B. Latacha will assume the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

Stan brings to the day to day management of ALCO over 30 years of retail experience, including assisting five retail chains (ranging from $500 million to $3 billion in annual sales) achieve successful turnarounds, including Richman Gordman, Goody's, and more recently Pamida.

With Pamida, a retailer which also focused on small town customers like ALCO, he and the team were successful in short order in achieving positive same store sales, increased total transactions, and higher average ticket size through improved and targeted promotional activities, the creation of destination departments, increased relevance and consistency of the chain's offerings to its customers, and stronger connections to the community.

"I am honored with the Board of Directors' trust in leading the team at ALCO and working with all of its stakeholders in bringing positive hands-on change to the business," said Mr. Latacha. "With the longstanding goodwill of ALCO in the communities it serves, along with the hard work and dedication of the Company's staff and team members and the active support of the Board, I am confident that together we can make impactful improvements to the business."

Concurrent with Stan's appointment it was announced that the Board of Directors and Richard Wilson, ALCO's CEO for the last four years, have mutually agreed to his immediate departure. Rich was instrumental in professionalizing the ALCO staff, overseeing the Company's move to Texas, and led the Company through a challenging retail environment.

"The shareholders have positioned ALCO with strong leadership, expertise and a commitment to build on ALCO's legacy of serving rural communities," said Mr. Wilson. "It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with the dedicated team of ALCO associates. I extend my sincerest appreciation for their commitment and service."

About ALCO Stores, Inc.

Founded in 1901, ALCO is a broad-line retailer, primarily serving small underserved communities across 23 states, which specializes in providing a superior selection of essential products for everyday life in small-town America. The Company has 198 ALCO stores that offer both name brand and private label products of exceptional quality at reasonable prices. ALCO is proud to have continually provided friendly, personal service to its customers for the past 113 years. ALCO has its corporate headquarters in suburban Dallas, Texas, and its distribution center in Abilene, Kansas. To learn more about the Company visit

Forward-looking statements

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CONTACT: For more information, contact: Robert J. Sarlls Chairman of the Board 469-322-2900 email: or Debbie Hagen Hagen and Partners 913-642-6363 email:

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