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J.Crew and Walnut Creek ... The Perfect Pair

J.Crew Opens the Ultimate Men's & Women's Store in Broadway Plaza at Walnut Creek, CA

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- J.Crew today opens the long awaited new store in Walnut Creek to serve the greater San Francisco East Bay area. Located directly on Broadway, the new store features J.Crew's full men's & women's collections, including shoes and accessories.

"We are thrilled to be opening a new store in the East Bay area," said Jeff Pfeifle, president of J. Crew. "Walnut Creek is not only extremely family oriented, but also has the perfect mix of culture, beauty and sophistication. It's the perfect fit for J.Crew -- we will be even more accessible to our customers in Northern California."

J.Crew's new Broadway Plaza location will be considered one of its top stores, offering an exclusive collection for both men's and women's. The product assortment will feature the best of J.Crew's fall collection, offering a wide assortment of cashmere, Italian-made shoes, the perfect Scottish tweeds and broken-in chinos, along with favorite limited edition items from the new J.Crew Collection. J.Crew will offer its signature bright color palette and beautiful fabrics from the finest mills in Italy. To celebrate the grand opening, J.Crew is giving away a special gift with every purchase of $125 or more, while supplies last.

J.Crew will introduce Special Services exclusively for the Walnut Creek area, including:

    * Fall Weekend Getaway Kit -- Fill a Montauk Tote bag with weekend
      essentials: chinos, shearling gloves, hats & scarves, and a cozy
      cashmere sweater for on and off the slopes.

    * Complimentary Concierge Service -- have anything you need delivered
      right to your campus or hotel door ... whether it's something for a
      special night out or a last minute weekend getaway.

    * College Discount program -- all college students will receive 10% off by
      showing their school ID.

    * Private Shopping Appointments -- customers are invited to schedule
      private appointments with their Client Specialists to receive one-on-one
      attention while shopping during the day or after hours.

    J.Crew Group, Inc. is a leading retailer of men's and women's apparel,
shoes, and accessories -- original designs offering classic American style
with a twist.

                                    J.Crew
                                Broadway Plaza
                        1279 Broadway Plaza, Space C14
                Mon - Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm
                               Ph. 925-943-7664

For more information, to request an interview, or to discuss a TV opportunity, please call Heather McAuliffe at J.Crew. (ph) 212-209-2611, (fx) 212-209-2501, or email heather.mcauliffe@jcrew.com

SOURCE J.Crew
CONTACT: Heather McAuliffe of J.Crew, +1-212-209-2611, heather.mcauliffe@jcrew.com

Certain statements herein are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending or preferences in apparel, the performance of the Company's products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, political or financial instability in countries where the Company's goods are manufactured, postal rate increases, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.