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— Move Slated for 2008 —

The American Kennel Club® announced today plans to move its Raleigh Operations Center from its current location at 5580 Centerview Drive to the Brier Creek Corporate Center in Raleigh. The move is expected to occur in mid-2008. The Brier Creek building is currently under construction.

The Brier Creek site was selected after an extensive search that included 40 potential properties. The decision-making process was carried out using an experienced management team assisted by proven commercial real estate consultants.

“The modern, efficient layout of our new location will enhance productivity and provide our Raleigh employees with a top-quality, professional working environment,” said AKC Chief Operating Officer John Lyons. “This decision proved to be far more economically feasible compared to staying at our current location, requiring time-consuming and costly renovations to upgrade the space, which would have resulted in long-term disruption to our operations.”

“The intention was to remain in Raleigh, close to our current location so that any impact on employees was minimal,” said Keith Frazier, AKC's Assistant Vice President of Audit and Control, who headed the search for new space. “The Brier Creek location is ideal for our needs as it offers conveniences for employees which do not currently exist. It is also very close to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, several hotels, interstate highways, and the North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine.”

“Our building will also be well-branded, with AKC signage visible from the highway and airport and our bronze DOGNY dog statue greeting visitors as they approach the building. And of course, our canine companions will be welcome in office,” added Frazier.