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Ruby Tuesday Names Kimberly Grant SR VP of Operations; 13-Year Veteran of Operations and Finance Now Leads Company-Owned Restaurants


MARYVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2005--Ruby Tuesday, Inc., (NYSE:RI) one of the nation's leading casual-dining restaurant companies, has promoted Kimberly Grant to its Senior Vice President of Operations. She will direct management teams in more than 550 company-owned Ruby Tuesday restaurants across the United States.

"Kimberly is one of our most capable and focused leaders," said Sandy Beall, Ruby Tuesday founder, CEO and Chairman. "She is a great 'people person' who has high standards, gets results, and is always thinking about ways to make our brand and our company better."

Grant began her career 13 years ago with Ruby Tuesday in unit management, worked in the Restaurant Support Center as operations controller, returned to operations leadership as a regional partner, and then was named a vice president of operations.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has Company-owned, and/or franchise Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 12 foreign countries. As of March 1, 2005, the Company owned and operated 552 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, while domestic and international franchisees (including Hawaii) operated 188 and 37 locations, respectively. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: RI).

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    SOURCE: Ruby Tuesday, Inc.