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Anthropologie Europe Signs Two Locations in London

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 28, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anthropologie today announced its first two European locations.

Anthropologie is recognized for seeking out architecturally distinct spaces for its stores, which are individually and uniquely designed. In London, Anthropologie is delighted to have the opportunity to occupy two historically renowned buildings, one in the heart of London's West End at 158 Regent Street and the other being the Antiquarius building at 131-141 King's Road.

Anthropologie feels and operates like a collection of independent boutiques. Each London store will reflect the nature and history of its site and local environment, incorporating reclaimed materials and featuring work by local artists and artisans. Anthropologie is the largest purveyor of decorative antiques and found objects in the United States and these will also have a major presence in the two London stores.

Anthropologie at 158 Regent Street will be home to Anthropologie's signature mix of women's fashion, accessories, home decor, decorative antiques and found objects. This store will offer approximately 11,000 square feet of retail space on three floors and is expected to debut in late 2009.

To celebrate the Antiquarius building's rich past; the store's design will showcase its historical architectural elements. Initial plans reference the building's early history as a grand hall that once served as a gentlemen's club and pool hall. This store will offer approximately 8,000 square feet of retail space and is planned to open in early 2010.

James Bidwell, Managing Director, Anthropologie Europe commented, "We are delighted to have secured two fantastic locations. The King's Road location will become the spiritual home from home for Anthropologie, and the Regent Street site will be part of one of the most dynamic and vital shopping districts in Europe. We are working hard to build small, talented buying, store and visual teams to ensure we create an amazing experience for our customers when we open our first store on Regent Street later this year."

About Anthropologie: Anthropologie is a division of Urban Outfitters, Inc., an innovative specialty retail company which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise to highly defined customer niches through 142 Urban Outfitters stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe; a catalog and two web sites; 120 Anthropologie stores, a catalog, web site and Leifsdottir, Anthropologie's newly launched wholesale concept; Free People Wholesale which sells its product to approximately 1,700 specialty stores and select department stores; 30 Free People stores, a catalog and web site; and one Terrain garden center as of December 31, 2008.

About Regent Street: Regent Street has over a mile of shop frontages under single ownership of The Crown Estate. It is a unique international destination, a world class environment that delivers quality, heritage, style and success to shoppers, businesses and people alike.

This news release is being made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain matters contained in this filing may constitute forward-looking statements. Any one, or all, of the following factors could cause actual financial results to differ materially from those financial results mentioned in the forward-looking statements: the difficulty in predicting and responding to shifts in fashion trends, changes in the level of competitive pricing and promotional activity and other industry factors, overall economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns, including any effects of terrorist acts or war, availability of suitable retail space for expansion, timing of store openings, seasonal fluctuations in gross sales, the departure of one or more key senior managers, import risks, including potential disruptions and changes in duties, tariffs and quotas and other risks identified in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that actual results may differ materially from any projected results expressed or implied therein.

CONTACT: Urban Outfitters, Inc.
John E. Kyees, Chief Financial Officer
(215) 454-5500