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TicketsWest Expands in Northwest

TicketsWest, an operating division of WestCoast Hospitality Corporation, has renewed its contract with the Showbox Theatre, Seattle's premier showcase club, entered into a new agreement with the Northgate Music Theatre, and has reached agreement to add Rudy's Barber Shops to their regional outlet network system. Tickets will be available through Rudy's Barber Shop locations by February 15, 2003.

Wade Weigel, president of Rudy's, stated, "We've been selling pre-printed concert tickets at Rudy's for many years, and now this solution is the next logical step to provide our customers with a new level of access to ticket inventory. TicketsWest provides inventory to the Showbox, Northgate, Chop Suey, and many of the other nightclub venues in the Puget Sound region, whose customers are a natural fit with ours. We are truly excited to become a part of this incredible network."

Jeff Steichen, owner of both Showbox and Northgate Music Theatre, stated, "TicketsWest has earned the renewal and the new contracts due to their tireless efforts to provide quality service and a conscious effort to create value for their clients, despite the challenges faced in the marketplace. The addition of the Rudy's stores to the regional outlet network makes the signing of these new agreements an even better business decision for us. With the strategic locations of the Rudy's stores, our younger demographic, those without access to credit cards, can get advance tickets to our shows with very little effort."

"Showbox is an important client for our Seattle operation and we are extremely excited that the ownership has provided us with a vote of confidence in extending and adding to our current contracts," stated Don Crouch, project manager for Puget Sound TicketsWest. "The Northgate theatre is the most exciting new venue to open in years and we look forward to assisting in making it a huge success."

"This is the type of strategic alliance that we work towards in all of our markets and it is a cornerstone in the continuation and expansion of the TicketsWest product," stated Jack Lucas, vice president, TicketsWest. "As TicketsWest continues to add more clients to its network, we want to ensure that we focus on a high level of customer and client services and satisfaction."