May 2, 1994






Dear Stockholder:

You  are  cordially invited to attend the 1994 Ross Stores'
Annual Meeting of Stockholders which will be held at  10:30
a.m.  on Tuesday, June 7, 1994 at the Newark Hilton  Hotel,
39900  Balentine Drive, Newark, California.  On the outside
back  cover of this Proxy you will find a map to  help  you
locate the meeting site.

Please  complete the enclosed proxy card and return  it  in
the  envelope provided for that purpose as soon as possible
so  that your shares will be represented and voted  at  the
meeting.

Thank  you for your commitment to Ross Stores and for  your
cooperation in returning your proxy without delay.


                                   Sincerely,

                                   ROSS STORES, INC.




                                   Norman A. Ferber
                                   Chairman of the Board
                                   and
                                   Chief Executive Officer






                             

                             
                             
                             
                             
                     ROSS STORES, INC.
                             
                             

         Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders
                  To Be Held June 7, 1994
                             
                             
                             
To the Stockholders:

     Please take notice that the Annual Meeting of the
Stockholders of Ross Stores, Inc., a Delaware corporation
(the "company"), will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 1994 at
10:30 a.m. PDT, at the Newark Hilton Hotel, 39900 Balentine
Drive, Newark, California, for the following purposes:

     1.   To elect two Class II directors for a three-year
          term.

     2.   To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche as
          the company's independent certified public
          accountants for the fiscal year ending January
          28, 1995.

     3.   To transact such other business as may properly
          come before the Annual Meeting or any
          adjournments or postponements thereof.

     Stockholders of record at the close of business on
April 18, 1994 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the
Annual Meeting and any adjournments or postponements
thereof.  For ten days prior to the Annual Meeting, a
complete list of stockholders entitled to vote at the
Annual Meeting will be available for examination by any
stockholder for any purpose related to the Annual Meeting
during ordinary business hours at the principal office of
the company located at 8333 Central Avenue, Newark,
California.


                     By order of the Board of Directors,

                     Earl T. Benson, Secretary

D
ated:    May 2, 1994



     IMPORTANT:  Please fill in, date, sign and mail
     promptly the enclosed Proxy in the post-paid envelope
     provided to assure that your shares are represented at
     the meeting.  If you attend the meeting, you may vote
     in person if you wish to do so, even though you have
     sent in your Proxy.



                      TABLE OF CONTENTS

                              

                                                                  Page

PROXY SOLICITATION                                                1

STOCK OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT       2

INFORMATION REGARDING NOMINEES AND INCUMBENT DIRECTORS            4

COMPENSATION AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS WITH OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS   6

    Summary Compensation Table                                    6

    Option Grants in Last Fiscal Year                             8

    Aggregated Option Exercises and Year-End Value Table         10

    Compensation Committee Report                                11

    Stockholder Return Performance Graphs                        14

    Compensation of Directors                                    15

    Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation  15

    Employment Contracts, Termination of Employment and 
      Change-In-Control Arrangements                             15

    Certain Transactions                                         16


PROPOSAL 1 - ELECTION OF DIRECTORS                               17

P
ROPOSAL 2 - RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT

          CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS                           17

TRANSACTION OF OTHER BUSINESS                                    17

STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS TO BE PRESENTED AT NEXT ANNUAL MEETING     18



MAP TO STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING                    (outside back cover)







                                 
                                
                                
                                
                                
                                
                                
                                
                         PROXY STATEMENT


               1994 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
                               OF

                        ROSS STORES, INC.

                       8333 Central Avenue
                    Newark, California 94560
                         (510) 505-4400


                       PROXY SOLICITATION



     The accompanying Proxy is solicited by the management of
Ross Stores, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "company"), for
use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on Tuesday,
June 7, 1994, at 10:30 a.m. PDT, or any adjournment thereof, at
which stockholders of record at the close of business on April
18, 1994, shall be entitled to vote.  The meeting will be held at
the Newark Hilton Hotel, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark,
California.  The hotel's telephone number is (510) 490-8390.  The
cost of solicitation of Proxies will be borne by the company.
Management may use the services of its directors, officers and
others to solicit Proxies, personally or by telephone.
Arrangements may also be made with brokerage houses and other
custodians, nominees and fiduciaries to forward solicitation
material to the beneficial owners of the stock held of record by
such persons, and the company may reimburse them for reasonable
out-of-pocket expenses incurred by them in so doing.

     The date of this Proxy Statement is May 2, 1994, the
approximate date on which the Proxy Statement and form of Proxy
were first sent or given to stockholders.  The Annual Report to
Stockholders for the fiscal year ended January 29, 1994,
including financial statements, is enclosed with this Proxy
Statement.

     The purpose of this Proxy Statement is to provide the
company's stockholders with certain information regarding the
company and its management and to provide the stockholders with
summaries of the matters to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting
of Stockholders.  Besides voting to elect two Class II directors
to serve a three-year term, the stockholders will also be asked
to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche as the company's
independent certified public accountants.

     The company had outstanding, on April 18, 1994, 24,915,281
shares of Common Stock, par value $0.01, all of which are
entitled to vote with respect to all matters to be acted upon at
the meeting.  Each stockholder is entitled to one vote for each
share of stock held by him or her.  For ten days prior to the
Annual Meeting, the company's stockholder list is available for
viewing by the stockholders for any purpose related to the Annual
Meeting during ordinary business hours at the company's principal
place of business located at 8333 Central Avenue, Newark,
California.

     Any Proxy given pursuant to this solicitation may be revoked
by the person giving it at any time before it is exercised by
filing with the Secretary of the company an instrument revoking
it, by presenting at the meeting a duly executed Proxy bearing a
later date or by attending the meeting and voting in person.


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                   STOCK OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN
                BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT



     The following table contains information as of April 1,
1994, except for FMR Corporation as noted in footnote (2),
regarding the ownership of the Common Stock of the company by
(i) all persons who, to the knowledge of the company, were the
beneficial owners of 5% or more of the outstanding shares of
C
ommon Stock of the company, (ii) each director and certain
executive officers of the company, and (iii) all executive
officers and directors of the company as a group.  Common Stock
is the only issued and outstanding security of the company.



Name of Beneficial       Amount and Nature of       Percent of Common
Owner                   Beneficial Ownership <F1>  Stock Outstanding

FMR Corporation            2,561,900<F2>                10.3%
82 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA  02210

Stuart G. Moldaw             970,691<F3>                 3.9%

Norman A. Ferber             447,792<F4>                 1.8%
                                             
Donald G. Fisher              11,000<F5>                    *

Franklin P. Johnson, Jr.     135,161<F6>                    *

George P. Orban              187,352<F7>                    *

Philip Schlein                11,600<F8>                    *

Donald H. Seiler             142,210<F9>                    *

Donna L. Weaver               14,000<F10>                   *

Melvin A. Wilmore            309,685<F11>                1.2%

Michael A. Balmuth           171,251<F12>                   *

Peter C.M. Hart              109,638<F13>                   *

James S. Jacobs               98,088<F14>                   *

All executive officers
and directors as a group
(19 persons including
the above)                  3,238,196<F15>                12.4%
_____________________

*Less than 1%



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[FN]
<F1>   To the knowledge of the company, the persons named in the
       table have sole voting and investment power with respect
       to all shares of Common Stock shown as beneficially owned
       by them, subject to community property laws where
       applicable and the information contained in the footnotes
       to this table.

<F2>   Information is as of December 31, 1993, pursuant to the
       Form 13G filed by FMR Corporation with the   SEC, a copy
       of which was sent to the company by FMR Corporation.

<F3>   Includes 787,112 shares held in the name of The SGM and
       PIM Trust dated December 22, 1981, and 168,579 shares
       held by the Moldaw Family Foundation.  Mr. Moldaw, a
       director of the company, is a trustee of the Trust, and
       president of the Foundation.  Also includes options to
       purchase 15,000 shares of the company's Common Stock.

<F4>   Includes immediately exercisable options to purchase
       195,000 shares of the company's Common Stock.  Also
       includes 250,000 shares of the company's Common Stock
       that were granted under the company's 1988 Restricted
       Stock Plan and remain subject to vesting.

<F5>   Consists of options to purchase 11,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.

<F6>   Includes 72,241 shares held by Asset Management Partners.
       Franklin P. Johnson, Jr., a director of the company, is
       the general partner of Asset Management Partners.  Also
       includes options to purchase 13,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.  Mr. Johnson's term as a director
       of the company expires as of the Annual Meeting on June
       7, 1994.

<F7>   Includes 172,352 shares held in the name of Orban
       Partners.  Mr. Orban, a director of the company, is a
       general partner and managing partner of Orban Partners.
       Also includes options to purchase 15,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.

<F8>   Includes options to purchase 10,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.

<F9>   Includes options to purchase 15,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.  Excludes 523,698 shares of
       Common Stock held by the 1976 Moldaw Family Trust.
       Mr. Seiler, a director of the company, is a co-trustee of
       the 1976 Moldaw Family Trust and disclaims beneficial
       ownership of the shares held by this trust.  Excludes
       10,289 shares held by the 1986 Goldman Grandchildren's
       Trust.  Mr. Seiler is a trustee of the 1986 Goldman
       Grandchildren's Trust and disclaims beneficial ownership
       of the shares held by this trust.

<F10>  Includes options to purchase 11,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.

<F11>  Includes options to purchase 250,000 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.  Also includes 57,500 shares of
       the company's Common Stock that were granted under the
       company's 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and remain subject
       to vesting.

<F12>  Includes options to purchase 104,824 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.  Also includes 66,000 shares of
       the company's Common Stock that were granted under the
       company's 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and remain subject
       to vesting.

<F13>  Includes options to purchase 74,473 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.  Also includes 28,000 shares of
       the company's Common Stock that were granted under the
       company's 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and remain subject
       to vesting.

<F14>  Includes options to purchase 51,058 shares of the
       company's Common Stock.  Also includes 15,000 shares of
       the company's Common Stock that were granted under the
       company's 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and remain subject
       to vesting.

<F15>  Includes 1,197,991 shares subject to outstanding options
       held by directors and executive officers which were
       exercisable at April 1, 1994.  Also includes 547,500
       shares of the company's Common Stock granted to executive
       officers under the company's Restricted Stock Plan, all
       of which remain subject to vesting.


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     INFORMATION REGARDING NOMINEES AND INCUMBENT DIRECTORS


     The Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the
company provide that the number of members of the Board of
Directors of the company (the "Board") may be fixed from time to
time exclusively by the Board and that the directors shall be
divided into three classes as nearly equal in number as possible.
The term of office of each class of directors is three years, and
the terms of office of the three classes overlap.  The Board of
Directors presently consists of nine members.  Franklin P.
Johnson, Jr. is not standing for reelection as a Class II
director.  Therefore, the Class II directors will have one vacant
seat.  The Board of Directors currently intends to fill the seat.
The two Class II directors to be elected at the 1994 Annual
Meeting are being elected to hold office until the 1997 Annual
Meeting and until their successors shall have been elected and
qualified.  Proxies cannot be voted for more than the two named
nominees.

     The following table indicates the name, age, business
experience, principal occupation, and term of office of each
nominee and of each director of the company whose term of office
as a director will continue after the annual meeting.

                        Principal Position                       Director
                      During Last Five Years                Age  Since

Nominees for Election as Class II Directors for 
Terms Expiring in 1997

Donald G. Fisher   Chairman of the Board and Chief           65    1986
                   Executive Officer of The Gap, Inc.
                   Director of The Charles Schwab
                   Corporation and AirTouch
                   Communications.

Donna L. Weaver    President, Weaver, Field & London,        50    1986
                   Inc., an investor relations and
                   corporate communications firm.
                   Director of Hancock Fabrics, Inc.


  Incumbent Class I Directors With Terms Expiring in 1996

Stuart G. Moldaw    Chairman Emeritus of the company         67    1982
                    since March 1993.  From August 1982
                    until March 1993, Chairman of the
                    Board and, from February 1987 until
                    January 1988, Chief Executive
                    Officer of the  company.  Until
                    February 1990, general partner of
                    U.S. Venture Partners.  Consultant
                    to the company.  Chairman of the
                    Board of Gymboree Corporation and
                    Director of Natural Wonders, Inc.

George P. Orban     Managing partner of Orban Partners,      48    1982
                    a private investment company, since
                    May 1984.  From March 1987 until
                    March 1992, Chairman of the Board,
                    Office Mart Holdings Corp.
                    Director of Egghead, Inc.

Donald H. Seiler   Founder and senior partner of             65    1982
                   Seiler and Company, Certified
                   Public Accountants.  Mr. Seiler is
                   a Certified Public Accountant.



<PAGE> begin page 5

                        Principal Position                        Director
                      During Last Five Years                Age   Since

Incumbent Class III Directors With Terms Expiring in 1995

Philip Schlein      General partner of U.S. Venture          59    1987
                    Partners and USVP-Schlein                     
                    Marketing Fund since April 1985.
                    From January 1974 to January 1985,
                    Mr. Schlein was Chief Executive
                    Officer of Macy's California.
                    Director of ReSound Corp.

Norman A. Ferber    Chairman of the Board and Chief          45    1987
                    Executive Officer of the company              
                    since March 1993; President and
                    Chief Executive Officer from
                    January 1988 to March 1993;
                    President and Chief Operating
                    Officer from February 1987 to
                    January 1988.  Prior to February
                    1987, Mr. Ferber was Executive
                    Vice President, Merchandising,
                    Marketing, and Distribution of the
                    company.

Melvin A. Wilmore  President and Chief Operating Officer     48    1993
                   of  the  company since March 1993;
                   from December 1991 to March 1993,
                   Executive Vice President and Chief
                   Operating Officer.  From October 1989
                   to December 1991, President and Chief
                   Operating Officer of Live Specialty
                   Retail, a division of LIVE
                   Entertainment, Inc.  From March 1988
                   to June 1989, President and General
                   Partner of Albert's Hosiery and
                   Bodywear.


     The company has an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee
and a Nominating Committee.  During fiscal 1993, Messrs. Seiler
and Johnson and Ms. Weaver served as members of the Audit
Committee, which held two meetings.  The functions of the Audit
Committee include recommending the independent accountants to the
Board of Directors, subject to stockholder approval; reviewing
and approving the planned scope of the annual audit, proposed fee
arrangements and the results of the annual audit; reviewing the
adequacy of accounting and financial controls; and reviewing the
independence of the independent accountants.

     During fiscal 1993, Messrs. Fisher, Orban and Schlein served
as members of the Compensation Committee, which held one meeting.
The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing and
administering the policies that govern the compensation of all
executive officers of the company, including the Chief Executive
Officer.  The Committee evaluates the performance of the
executive officers and makes recommendations concerning their
compensation levels.  All decisions by the Compensation Committee
relating to the compensation of the company's executive officers
are reviewed and approved by the full Board of Directors.

     During fiscal 1993, Messrs. Fisher, Johnson, Orban, Schlein
and Seiler and Ms. Weaver served as members of the Nominating
Committee.  The Nominating Committee is primarily responsible for
evaluating the qualifications of and making recommendations
concerning potential new director nominees to the company's Board
of Directors.  Stockholders who wish to submit names of
prospective nominees for consideration by the Nominating
Committee should do so in writing to the office of the Secretary
of the company in accordance with the Bylaws of the company.  The
last day for submissions for next year's meeting will be January
3, 1995.  Since there were no vacancies on the company's Board of
Directors in fiscal 1993, the Nominating Committee did not meet
during the year.

     During fiscal 1993, the Board of Directors held five
meetings.  Each member of the Board of Directors attended at
least 75% of the total number of Board and applicable Committee
meetings held during the year except for Mr. Fisher and Mr.
Moldaw who attended 60% of the Board of Directors meetings and
Mr. Johnson who attended 60% of the Board of Directors meetings
and 50% of the Audit Committee meetings.

     Information concerning the executive officers of the company
is set forth in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended January 29, 1994.


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COMPENSATION AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS
WITH OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS


SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

     The following table provides certain summary information
concerning compensation paid or accrued by the company to or on
behalf of the company's Chief Executive Officer and each of the
four other most highly compensated executive officers of the
company for the 1993, 1992 and 1991 fiscal years.


<TABLE>
                                                                   Long-Term Compensation        
                             Annual Compensation                         Awards
<CAPTION>                                                                                           
                                                             Other  Restricted  Securities   All Other
                                                            Annual       Stock      Under-     Compen-
                                     Salary    Bonus  Compensation      Awards       lying      sation
Name and                                ($)      ($)           ($)         ($)     Options         ($)
Principal Position         Year        <F1>     <F2>          <F3>        <F4>         (#)        <F5>



<S>                        <C>     <C>      <C>            <C>      <C>            <C>         <C>

Norman A. Ferber           1993    $497,917       $0        $5,071          $0      15,000      $7,138
Chairman of the Board &    1992    $471,250 $294,738          $608          $0      30,000      $6,978
Chief Executive Officer    1991    $448,750 $450,000           n/a  $1,725,000      95,588         n/a
                                                                                                      

Melvin A. Wilmore          1993    $407,083       $0       $19,358    $197,500      25,000     $29,559
President &                1992    $375,000 $186,150       $18,067          $0           0     $52,966
Chief Operating Officer    1991     $32,400  $50,000           n/a    $781,250     200,000         n/a
                                                                                                      
Michael Balmuth            1993    $332,083       $0       $25,479    $138,250      12,000     $34,867
Executive Vice President,  1992    $292,000  $80,541        $3,786    $621,300      20,000      $8,587
Merchandising              1991    $282,163 $121,000           n/a    $241,500     113,824         n/a
                                                                                                      
Peter C.M. Hart            1993    $246,000       $0        $2,844     $98,750      10,000      $7,105
Senior Vice President,     1992    $232,417  $64,161          $935     $95,000      15,000      $6,893
Management Information     1991    $218,333  $96,800           n/a     $86,250      65,000         n/a
Systems and Distribution                   
                                                                                           
James S. Jacobs            1993    $246,000       $0        $1,885     $98,750      12,000      $7,105
Senior Vice President,     1992    $232,417  $64,160        $2,289    $209,000      15,000      $6,893
Store Operations           1991    $219,000  $96,800           n/a     $51,750      57,058         n/a



<FN>
<F1> Includes all payments of salary and deferred compensation
     consisting of employee contributions to the company's Profit
     Sharing Plan described in footnote 5 below.

<F2> Includes all payments made to those executive officers
     listed in the above Table under the company's Incentive
     Compensation Plan as described in the Compensation Committee
     Report below.

<F3> Pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission
     Transition Rules, this column does not include information
     for fiscal years ended before December 1992.







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<F4> Under  the  terms  of his Restricted Stock Grant  Agreement,
     dated  December  20,  1991, Mr. Wilmore was  granted  50,000
     shares  of common stock, that vest as follows: 12,500 shares
     on  December  31, 1993, and 12,500 shares on  each  one-year
     anniversary  thereafter, with all shares vested at  December
     31,  1996.   Under the terms of his Restricted  Stock  Grant
     Agreement,  dated  March 18, 1991, Mr. Balmuth  was  granted
     28,000 shares of common stock, that vest as follows:   7,000
     shares  on March 18, 1993 and 7,000 shares on each  one-year
     anniversary thereafter, with all shares vested at March  18,
     1996.   Under  the  terms  of  his  Restricted  Stock  Grant
     Agreement,  dated  March 16, 1992, Mr. Balmuth  was  granted
     32,700  shares of common stock that vest as follows:  12,700
     shares  on  March 17, 1992 and 20,000 shares  on  March  16,
     1996.   Under  the  terms  of  his  Restricted  Stock  Grant
     Agreement,  dated  March 16, 1992, Mr.  Jacobs  was  granted
     11,000 shares of common stock, that vest as follows:   6,000
     shares on March 17, 1992 and 5,000 shares on March 16, 1995.
     At  January  29,  1994, unvested shares of restricted  stock
     were held by Mr. Ferber in the amount of 200,000 shares with
     a  market value of $2,650,000; by Mr. Wilmore in the  amount
     of  47,500 shares, with a market value of $629,375;  by  Mr.
     Balmuth  in the amount of 48,000 shares with a market  value
     of  $636,000;  by Mr. Hart in the amount of  30,000  shares,
     with  a  market value of $397,500; and by Mr. Jacobs in  the
     amount  of   16,000 shares with a market value of  $212,000.
     The company did not pay any dividends during 1993.  However,
     on  January  27,  1994,  the company's  Board  of  Directors
     declared  an  initial quarterly dividend on all  outstanding
     common  stock on  March 11, 1994.  Dividends are payable  to
     all holders of restricted stock at the same rate as paid  to
     all stockholders.

<F5> The amount listed for 1993 and 1992 for Mssrs. Ferber, Hart,
     and  Jacobs consists of company contributions made  for  the
     account   of  executive  officers  under  the  Ross   Stores
     Employees' Profit Sharing Retirement Plan, a qualified  plan
     under  Sections  40l(a) and 401(k) of the  Internal  Revenue
     Code  of  1986, as amended (the "Code").  The plan  provides
     that   eligible   employees  generally  may  contribute   by
     authorizing a pre-tax payroll deduction of a minimum  of  1%
     and  a  maximum  of  15% of their yearly compensation.   For
     every  dollar that an eligible employee contributes  through
     payroll  withholding, up to a maximum of 3% of compensation,
     the  company also contributes $1.00.  The amount listed  for
     Mr.   Wilmore   (i)  in  1993  consists   of   $22,396   for
     reimbursement  of  moving expenses and  $7,163  for  company
     contributions under the Employee's Profit Sharing Retirement
     Plan and; (ii) in 1992 consists of $52,028 for reimbursement
     of  moving expenses and $938 for company contributions under
     the  Employee's Profit Sharing Retirement Plan.  The  amount
     listed  for Mr. Balmuth (i) in 1993 consists of $25,617  for
     reimbursement  of  moving expenses and  $9,250  for  company
     contributions under the Employee's Profit Sharing Retirement
     Plan;  and  (ii)  in  1992 consists of company  contribution
     under  the Employee's Profit Sharing Plan.  Pursuant to  the
     Securities  and Exchange Commission Transition  Rules,  this
     column  does not include information for fiscal years  ended
     before December 1992.

</TABLE>



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OPTION GRANTS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR

The following table contains information concerning the grant of
stock options under the company's 1992 Stock Option Plan and the
predecessor plan during fiscal 1993.  There are no provisions
under the terms of this Plan for the granting of Stock
Appreciation Rights (SARs).

<TABLE>

<CAPTION>

                                                Individual Grants                                           
                                    Number of   % of Total                                        
                                   Securities    Options                                Potential Realizable
                                   Underlying   Granted to Exercise                    Value at Assumed Annual
                                     Options    Employees  or Base                Rates of Stock Price Appreciation
                                     Granted    in Fiscal   Price    Expiration          for Option Term<F4>
Name and                               (#)         Year     ($/Sh)      Date                      
Principal Position                    <F1>         <F2>      <F1>       <F3>      0%        5%             10%




<S>                                  <C>           <C>      <C>       <C>         <C>   <C>             <C>
Norman A. Ferber                     15,000        2.6%     $19.75    03/12/03    $0        $186,638        $471,038
Chairman of the Board &
Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                                                    
Melvin A. Wilmore                    25,000        4.3%     $19.75    03/12/03    $0        $311,063        $785,063
President &                                                                                                         
Chief Operating Officer
                                                                                                                    
Michael Balmuth                      12,000        2.1%     $19.75    03/12/03    $0        $149,310        $376,830
Executive Vice President,
Merchandising
                                                                                                                    
Peter C.M. Hart                      10,000        1.7%     $19.75    03/12/03    $0        $124,425        $314,025
Senior Vice President,
Management Information
Systems and Distribution
                                                                                                                    
James S. Jacobs                      12,000        2.1%     $19.75    03/12/03    $0        $149,310        $376,830
Senior Vice President,
Store Operations
                                                                                                                    
All Stockholders                       N/A         N/A       N/A        N/A       $0    $310,696,048    $784,137,644
                                                                                                             
Named executive officers' gain         N/A         N/A       N/A        N/A       $0       0.3%            0.3%
as a percent of all stockholders'       
gain




<PAGE> begin page 9

<FN>
<F1> All shares listed in the above table were granted on March
     12, 1993, with an exercise price equal to the fair market
     value as determined by the closing price on the date of
     grant.  The stock option grants made in 1993 to those
     executive officers listed above vest monthly in increments
     that increase annually over a three year period from the
     date of grant.  The Board of Directors has the ability to
     change the terms of outstanding options.  See "Employment
     Contracts, Termination of Employment and Change-In-Control
     Arrangements".

<F2> A total of 583,750 shares were granted in the form of non-
     qualified stock options during 1993 to all participants of
     the 1992 Stock Option Plan and its predecessor.

<F3> All non-qualified stock option grants made under the 1992
     Stock Option Plan and its predecessor are generally made for
     a term of ten years from the date of grant.

<F4> The dollar amounts under these columns are the result of
     calculations at 0% and at the 5% and 10% rates set forth by
     the Securities and Exchange Commission and, therefore, are
     not intended to forecast possible future appreciation, if
     any, of the Registrant's stock price.  The company did not
     use an alternative formula for a grant date valuation, as
     the company is not aware of any formula which will determine
     with reasonable accuracy a present value based on future
     unknown or volatile factors.  No gain to the optionees is
     possible without an increase in stock price, which will
     benefit all stockholders commensurably.  A zero percent gain
     in stock price will result in zero dollars for the optionee.
     Appreciation in stockholder value is based on the same rates
     of appreciation as shown for those options granted to
     executive officers and assumes each outstanding share at
     April 3, 1993, was valued at $19.25, the closing price of
     Ross Stores, Inc.'s Common Stock on April 2, 1993, the last
     trading day of the month.

</TABLE>


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AGGREGATED OPTION EXERCISES AND YEAR-END VALUE TABLE

     The following table provides information with respect to the
named executive officers concerning the exercise of stock options
during the last fiscal year and unexercised options held as of
the end of last fiscal year.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                Aggregated Option Exercises in Last Fiscal Year and FY-End Option Values
                                                                         Number of                
                                                                         Securities               
                                                                         Underlying           Value of
                                                                        Unexercised         Unexercised
                                                                         Options at         In-the-Money
                                                                      Fiscal Year-End        Options at
                                                                            (#)           Fiscal Year-End
Name and                      Shares Acquired    Value Realized ($)     Exercisable/            ($)
Principal Position             on Exercise (#)          <F1>         Unexercisable <F2>     Exercisable/
                                                                                         Unexercisable <F3>



<S>                                      <C>               <C>                <C>                <C>
Norman A. Ferber                              0                  $0            78,588/0          $172,139/0
Chairman of the Board &                                                                                    
Chief Executive Officer                                                                                    
                                                                                                           
Melvin A. Wilmore                             0                  $0           225,000/0                $0/0
President &                                                                                                
Chief Operating Officer                                                                                    
                                                                                                           
Michael Balmuth                           5,000             $67,500            64,824/0          $168,223/0
Executive Vice President,                                                                                  
Merchandising                                                                                              
                                                                                                           
Peter C.M. Hart                           5,500             $73,813            64,473/0          $142,400/0
Senior Vice President,                                                                                     
Management Information                                                                                     
Systems and Distribution                                                                                   

James S. Jacobs                          10,000            $117,886            39,058/0           $61,797/0
Senior Vice President,                                                                 
Store Operations                                                                       

<FN>
<F1> The value realized on exercise of the stock option is the
     difference between the exercise price of the shares
     exercised and the fair market value of the shares on the
     date of exercise.

<F2> All options granted under the terms of the company's 1992
     Stock Option Plan and its predecessor are exercisable in
     full as of the date of grant, but any shares acquired are
     subject to certain vesting restrictions.  Under the terms of
     the stock option agreements, the company has the right to
     repurchase all unvested shares at the optionee's cost.  A
     portion of the exercisable shares shown in the Table above
     are unvested and subject to the right of repurchase by the
     company.

<F3> The value of unexercised in-the-money options at the end of
     the fiscal year is calculated by multiplying the number of
     exercisable in-the-money shares by the difference between
     the closing price ($13.25) of Ross Stores Common Stock on
     January 28, 1994 (the last trading date of the fiscal year)
     and the exercise price per share of the shares.  A portion
     of the shares subject to these options are unvested and
     subject to repurchase provisions as described in footnote
     (2) above.
</TABLE>



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BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT ON EXECUTIVE
COMPENSATION

     The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, which
consists of three independent outside directors, establishes and
administers the policies that govern the compensation of all
executive officers of the company.  The Committee considers the
performance of the executive officers and makes recommendations
concerning their compensation levels.  All decisions by the
Compensation Committee relating to the compensation of the
company's executive officers are reviewed and approved by the
full Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors did not revise
or make any material modifications to the Compensation
Committee's recommendations concerning executive officer
compensation during the last fiscal year.

Compensation Philosophy

     The company's executive compensation philosophy is to
integrate executive pay with the strategic objectives of the
company, recognize individual initiative and achievements, and
assist the company in attracting, motivating and retaining a
group of high-performing executives.  The company's compensation
policies also aim to align the financial interests of the
company's management with those of its stockholders.

     Compensation for the company's executive officers, including
those individuals named in the foregoing Tables, consists of the
following elements:  base salary, annual incentive bonus,
restricted stock granted under the 1988 Restricted Stock Plan,
stock options granted under the 1992 Stock Option Plan and its
predecessor, and other benefits typically offered to corporate
executives.  A significant portion of each executive officer's
total compensation consists of components whose value may vary
from year to year depending upon the company's achievement of its
strategic objectives.

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986

     In 1993, changes were made to the federal corporate income
tax law that limit the ability of public companies to deduct
compensation in excess of $1 million paid annually to the five
most highly compensated executive officers.  There are exemptions
from this limit -- including compensation based on the attainment
of performance goals established by the Compensation Committee
and approved by the company's stockholders.  It is the
Compensation Committee's policy to seek to qualify executive
compensation for deductibility to the extent consistent with the
company's overall objectives in attracting, motivating and
retaining its executives.  The Compensation Committee has
reviewed the company's executive compensation structure in light
of the new tax law.  The Committee believes that grants under its
1992 Stock Option Plan qualify as performance-based and,
therefore, will be fully deductible when an option is exercised.
Grants under the company's 1988 Restricted Stock Plan do not
qualify as performance-based compensation and, therefore, may not
be fully deductible to the extent the vesting of restricted
stock, when added to other non-exempt compensation for a
particular executive, exceeds the limit in any tax year.
However, the Compensation Committee believes that only
compensation paid to the company's Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer or President and Chief Operating Officer are at risk of
not being fully deductible because of the size of their
restricted stock awards.  The Committee has concluded that
amending the Restricted Stock Plan to comply with the
requirements for performance-based compensation under Section
162(m) would weaken the company's efforts to recruit and retain
key executives over the long term.  The Committee believes that
other non-exempt components of the company's executive
compensation, including bonuses under the Incentive Compensation
Plan, when added together for any executive, are unlikely to
materially exceed $1,000,000 in any tax year.  The Committee will
continue to evaluate the advisability of qualifying the
deductibility of the company's executive compensation.

Executive Officers' 1993 Compensation

     Salary:  Base salaries for executive officers are initially
determined by competitive requirements to recruit the executive.
Salaries are then reviewed annually with recommended adjustments
made based upon the individual performance of each executive
officer and his or her relative contribution in achieving the
company's strategic goals.  During 1993, the average merit
increase in base salaries for all executive officers as a group
was 5%.


<PAGE> begin page 12

     Annual Incentive Bonus:  The company's Incentive
Compensation Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors effective
May 1987 and is designed to allow management to share in the
company's earnings based on the company's attainment of varying
levels of pre-tax earnings.  At the commencement of each fiscal
year, the Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors
determine the incentive payouts at varying levels of pre-tax
earnings for the company, and the percentage of year-end base
salary payable in the form of bonuses to participants based upon
the level of pre-tax earnings subsequently achieved by the
company for the fiscal year.  At fiscal year-end, participants
are paid incentive awards based on this previously determined
formula.

     Based on the targeted pre-tax earnings goal set for 1993,
the Plan provided for awards to executive officers that ranged
from 28% to 65% of base salary, depending on the position of the
executive officer.  However, potential awards established for
executive officers in 1993 ranged from 0% to 100% of base salary,
depending on the level of actual pre-tax earnings achieved
relative to the targeted pre-tax earnings goal as well as the
position of the executive officer.  Actual awards to participants
over the last three fiscal years have varied significantly based
on the actual level of pre-tax earnings achieved each year
relative to the targeted goal, and have ranged from 0% to 100% of
executive officers' base salaries.  During fiscal 1993, the
company did not meet its targeted goal for pre-tax earnings.
Therefore, no payments were made to any of the named executive
officers under the Incentive Compensation Plan.

     Stock Award Programs:  The company's stock award programs
consist of the 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and the 1992 Stock
Option Plan.  A majority of the members of the Board are not
employees of the company and are not eligible to receive awards
under either the 1988 Restricted Stock Plan or the 1992 Stock
Option Plan.  The 1992 Stock Option Plan was established with two
important objectives:  (1) to recruit, motivate and retain a high-
performing group of senior and middle managers, and (2) to align
the financial interests of the company's stockholders and the
executive officers by providing incentives that focus management
attention on the successful long-term strategic management of the
business and appreciation in stockholder value.  The 1988
Restricted Stock Plan also shares these same objectives; however,
the Restricted Stock Plan's primary purpose is to provide an
adequate incentive to both recruit and retain key executives over
the longer term.

     The Compensation Committee makes recommendations to the
Board of Directors concerning the granting of awards to executive
officers from both the 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and the 1992
Stock Option Plan.  The levels of stock awards granted to
executive officers under the 1992 Stock Option Plan are based on
the following factors: the executive officer's position, past and
expected future contributions to the achievement of the company's
strategic objectives, existing stock ownership position and the
level of previous stock awards.  Each member of the Committee
individually weighs the above factors and then the Committee
reaches a consensus as to what the awards should be.  The levels
of stock awards granted to executive officers under the 1988
Restricted Stock Plan are determined primarily by the retentive
value of the grant necessary to retain key executives over the
long term as well as protect the company against outside offers
of employment to key individuals.  The officers must satisfy
vesting requirements to obtain the stock.  In addition, when
making grants of restricted stock awards, the Committee also
considers the same factors listed above for stock option awards.

     All stock option awards are granted with an exercise price
based on the fair market value of the company's common stock on
the date of grant.  These awards provide value to the executive
officers only when and to the extent that the fair market value
of the company's common stock appreciates over the fair market
value on the date of grant.  All awards made in fiscal 1993 to
executive officers under the 1992 Stock Option Plan have a term
of ten years and provide for monthly vesting in increments that
increase annually over a three year period.  Unless otherwise
specified in the stock option agreement, all options are
immediately exercisable, subject to the company's right to
repurchase unvested shares at the optionee's cost.

Chief Executive Officer's 1993 Compensation

     The annual compensation for the company's Chief Executive
Officer has a majority of his total potential compensation in the
form of annual incentive bonuses and stock plan awards that may
vary according to the company's achievement of its strategic
objectives.  Mr. Ferber's 1993 incentive bonus and stock award
compensation were earned under the same plans made available to
the executive officers, as noted above.


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     Mr. Ferber's base salary is established by the terms of his
employment agreement with the company.  The agreement, originally
entered into on March 16, 1989, was amended as of April 23, 1992
and now extends through February 1, 1995, unless earlier extended
or renegotiated by the parties.  It currently provides for an
annual salary of not less than $475,000.  Mr. Ferber's 1993
annual base salary of $500,000 represented an increase of 5.3%
over his 1992 base salary.

     The annual incentive bonus portion of Mr. Ferber's
compensation is based on the company's achievement of targeted
pre-tax earnings, as established by the Compensation Committee
and the Board of Directors.  During 1993, the company did not
meet its targeted goal for pre-tax earnings, and Mr. Ferber did
not receive an annual bonus.

     Mr. Ferber's stock award compensation is based on aligning
potential realizable gains from stock awards with the long-term
financial interests of the company's stockholders in addition to
those motivational and retentive factors deemed necessary and
appropriate by the Committee.  Mr. Ferber received no restricted
stock awards during 1993.  Mr. Ferber received options under the
1992 Stock Option Plan potentially exercisable for 15,000 shares
of common stock during 1993, with an exercise price of $19.75,
the closing price on the date of grant.  These shares vest
monthly in progressively increasing annual increments over a
period of three years.  The size of the stock option grant made
to Mr. Ferber was based on his position with the company, his
past and expected future contributions to the achievement of the
company's strategic objectives, his existing stock ownership
position and the level of previous stock option grants.



SUBMITTED BY THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE OF THE COMPANY'S BOARD OF
DIRECTORS:

Donald G. Fisher, Chairman    George P. Orban   Philip Schlein


<PAGE> begin page 14

STOCKHOLDER RETURN PERFORMANCE GRAPHS

     Set forth below is a line graph comparing the cumulative
total stockholder returns for the company's common stock over the
last five years with the Standard & Poors 500 Index and the
Standard & Poors Retail Composite Index.  The comparison graph
assumes that the value of the investment in Ross Stores Common
Stock and the comparative indices was $100 on January 31, 1989
and measures the performance of this investment as of the last
trading day in the month of January for each of the following
five years.  These measurement dates are based on the historical
month-end data available and may vary slightly from the company's
actual fiscal year end date for each period.  Data with respect
to returns for the Standard & Poors indices is not readily
available for periods shorter than one month.  The total return
assumes the reinvestment of dividends.  The Company has not paid
any dividends during the periods covered by the graph.  The graph
is an historical representation of past performance only and is
not necessarily indicative of future returns to stockholders.


 
        COMPARISON OF FIVE YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN
 AMONG ROSS STORES, INC., S&P 500 AND S&P RETAIL COMPOSITE INDEX
                                
                                
                                
                        1989   1990   1991    1992   1993   1994
ROSS STORES             $100   $107   $ 56    $191   $197   $118
S&P 500                 $100   $114   $124    $152   $168   $190
S&P RETAIL COMPOSITE    $100   $115   $135    $188   $225   $217



<PAGE> begin page 15


Compensation of Directors

     During the fiscal year ended January 29, 1994, directors who
were not employees of the company received an annual retainer fee
of $17,000, plus up to $10,000 in total annual fees for
attendance at Board meetings and $500 for attendance at each
meeting of a committee of the Board.  For the fiscal year ending
January 28, 1995, directors who are not employees of the company
will receive an annual retainer of $23,000, plus $1,000 for
attendance at each Board Meeting and $500 for attendance at each
meeting of a committee of the Board.  For both fiscal 1994 and
1993, if more than one committee meeting is held on the same day,
each committee member receives payment for only one committee
meeting.  Travel expenses are reimbursed.

In addition to compensation received as a board member, Stuart G.
Moldaw, Chairman Emeritus, receives an annual fee of $80,000 for
his services as consultant to the company, and he also receives
administrative support.  The company pays the annual premium of
approximately $128,000 on a split-dollar life insurance policy,
face value $4 million, held by Mr. Moldaw.  In the most recent
fiscal year, $59,830 of the premium was reported as taxable
compensation to Mr. Moldaw and $68,730 of the premium was added
to the amount refundable to the company upon death or
cancellation of the policy.

C
ompensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

     Mr. Fisher, Mr. Orban and Mr. Schlein served on the
Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors for the past
fiscal year.

Employment Contracts, Termination of Employment and Change-In-
Control Arrangements

     An employment agreement with Norman A. Ferber, Chairman of
the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company was
originally entered into on March 16, 1989 and now extends through
February 1, 1995, unless earlier extended or renegotiated by the
parties.  It provides for an annual salary of not less than
$475,000 and that upon notice from Mr. Ferber, at specified
times, the Board will consider successive two-year extensions to
the terms of the agreement.  In the event Mr. Ferber's employment
terminates either by the company without cause or due to his
resignation for good reason (defined, among other things, to
include a change-in-control unless the successor entity assumes
the company's obligations under agreement), Mr. Ferber would be
entitled to continued payment of his then current salary,
including an annual bonus through the remaining term of his
employment agreement; all restricted stock and stock options held
by Mr. Ferber would become fully vested (except as described
below); and he would be reimbursed for any excise taxes paid
pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 4999.

     Under the terms of Mr. Ferber's restricted stock grant
agreement for 150,000 shares, in the event his employment
involuntarily terminates for any reason, with or without cause,
he would be entitled to those restricted stock shares which are
vested as of the date of his termination based upon vesting in
equal monthly installments over a four year period ending
February 1, 1995.  Under the terms of Mr. Ferber's restricted
stock grant agreement for 100,000 shares, in the event (i) his
employment involuntarily terminates due to his death or
disability; (ii) the company terminates his employment without
cause and, in certain instances, for cause; or (iii) he resigns
for good reason, Mr. Ferber would be entitled to those restricted
stock shares which are vested as of the date of his termination
based upon vesting in equal monthly installments over a three
year period ending February 3, 1997.

     Effective March 15, 1994, the company entered into a new
employment agreement with Melvin A. Wilmore, President and Chief
Operating Officer of the company.  This agreement supersedes Mr.
Wilmore's previous contract which was effective as of December
31, 1991.  The new agreement provides for an annual salary of not
less than $425,000 through February 3, 1997, and provides that
upon notice from Mr. Wilmore at specified times, the Board will
consider successive two-year extensions to his agreement.  In the
event (i) Mr. Wilmore's employment involuntarily terminates due
to his death or disability; (ii) the company terminates his
employment without cause and, in certain instances, for cause; or
(iii) he resigns for good reason, Mr. Wilmore would be entitled
to continued payment of his then current salary, including an
annual bonus, through the remaining term of the employment
agreement; all stock options held by Mr. Wilmore would become
fully vested and he would be entitled to those restricted stock
shares which are vested as of the date of his termination based
upon vesting in equal monthly installments over a three-year
period beginning March 15, 1994.  Additionally, he would be
reimbursed for any excise taxes paid pursuant to Internal Revenue
Code Section 4999.  In the event there is a change-in control,
all restricted stock and stock options held by Mr. Wilmore would
become fully vested.


<PAGE> begin page 16

     Under the company's 1988 Restricted Stock Plan and 1992
Stock Option Plan, each employee, including executive officers,
is entitled only to those shares vested as of the date of
termination.  However, the company's Board of Directors generally
has the discretion to accelerate vesting or change other terms of
an outstanding grant.  In the event of certain acquisition
transactions, which result in a change-in-control of the company,
any unvested shares of restricted stock automatically become
vested shares and the company's Board of Directors must either
accelerate vesting of all outstanding stock options or arrange
for the options to become assumed by the new owners.


Certain Transactions

     In June 1989, the company extended a loan of $100,000 at an
annual interest rate of 8% to James S. Jacobs, Senior Vice
President, Operations, secured by a deed of trust on his home.
The loan was paid in full on the due date, June 26, 1993.  In
December 1991, the company extended a loan of $180,000 to Peter
C.M. Hart, Senior Vice President, secured by a deed of trust on
his home, in three installments, at an average annual interest
rate of 5.29%.  The loan was paid in full on June 15, 1993, prior
to its due date of December 1, 1993.  In June 1992, the company
extended a loan of $100,000 at an annual interest rate of 5% to
Melvin A. Wilmore, President and Chief Operating Officer, secured
by a certificate of deposit.  The loan was due on June 4, 1995;
however, all outstanding principal and interest was paid in full
on February 5, 1993.  On February 5, 1993, the company made a
relocation loan of $300,000 to Mr. Wilmore at an annual interest
rate of 0%.  The loan, which is secured by a deed of trust on his
home, is due on February 5, 1996.  The amount outstanding on
March 31, 1994 was $300,000.

     The company leases three stores from entities affiliated
with Stuart G. Moldaw, a current director.  The stores are (i) in
Roseville, California, from a partnership in which trusts
established by a former director of the company and Stuart G.
Moldaw are partners.  Donald H. Seiler, also a director, is a
trustee of these trusts.  In fiscal 1993, the company paid
$216,000 in rent.  Mr. Moldaw's and his trusts' interests in the
partnership total 14.2%;  (ii) in Dublin, California from a
partnership in which Mr. Moldaw and members of his family are
limited partners.  In fiscal 1993, the company paid $241,032 in
rent.  Mr. Moldaw's and his family's interests in the partnership
total 50%; and (iii) in East San Jose, California from a limited
partnership in which Mr. Moldaw, trusts established by Mr. Moldaw
and members of his family are affiliated.  In fiscal 1993, the
company paid $213,328 in rent.  Mr. Moldaw's, his trusts' and his
family members' interests in the partnership total 6.2%.  The
company believes that the general terms and conditions of the
above leases, including the rental payments by the company, were
made at prevailing market rates.



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                          PROPOSAL 1
                                
                      ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

      If  elected, each nominee will hold office for a three-year
term  or  until  his  or her successor is elected  and  qualifies
unless  he or she resigns or his or her office becomes vacant  by
death,  removal, or other cause in accordance with the Bylaws  of
the  company.   Management knows of no reason why  any  of  these
nominees  should  be unable or unwilling to  serve,  but  if  any
nominee(s) should for any reason be unable or unwilling to serve,
the  proxies  will  be  voted  for the  election  of  such  other
person(s)  for the office of director as management may recommend
in the place of such nominee(s).

Vote Required and Board of Directors Recommendation

      The  plurality  of the votes cast by the shares  of  Common
Stock present and voting at the Annual Meeting will determine the
election  of  the  directors.  Abstentions  will  be  counted  as
present in determining if a quorum is present but will not affect
the  election of directors.  THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS  A
V
OTE  "FOR" THE TWO NOMINEES LISTED UNDER "INFORMATION  REGARDING
NOMINEES AND INCUMBENT DIRECTORS."


                           PROPOSAL 2

   RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC
                           ACCOUNTANTS

      The  Board  of  Directors, upon the recommendation  of  the
company's Audit Committee, has appointed Deloitte & Touche as the
independent certified public accountants for the company for  the
fiscal  year ending January 28, 1995.  Deloitte & Touche, or  its
predecessor  Touche Ross & Co., has acted in such capacity  since
its appointment for fiscal 1982.  A representative of Deloitte  &
Touche  will be present at the Annual Meeting, will be given  the
opportunity  to make a statement if he or she so desires  and  is
expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.

Vote Required and Board of Directors Recommendation

      The  affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of Common
Stock  present and voting at the Annual Meeting is  required  for
approval  of  this  proposal.  Abstentions  will  be  counted  as
present in determining if a quorum is present and will be counted
as if voted against this proposal.  Broker non-votes will have no
effect  on  this proposal.  THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS  RECOMMENDS  A
V
OTE  "FOR"  APPROVAL OF THE RATIFICATION OF THE  APPOINTMENT  OF
DELOITTE & TOUCHE AS INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS FOR
THE COMPANY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JANUARY 28, 1995.

                  TRANSACTION OF OTHER BUSINESS

     At the date of this Proxy Statement, the only business which
management  intends to present or knows that others will  present
at  the Annual Meeting is as hereinabove set forth.  If any other
matter or matters are properly brought before the Annual Meeting,
or  any  adjournment thereof, it is the intention of the  persons
named in the accompanying Proxy to vote the Proxy on such matters
in accordance with their best judgment.

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              STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS TO BE PRESENTED
                     AT NEXT ANNUAL MEETING

      Proposals of stockholders intended to be presented  at  the
next  annual meeting of stockholders of the company (1)  must  be
received  by  the company at its offices at 8333 Central  Avenue,
Newark,  California  94560  no later than  January  3,  1995  and
(2) must satisfy the conditions established by the Securities and
Exchange  Commission for stockholder proposals to be included  in
the company's Proxy Statement for that meeting.


                                   By Order of the Board of Directors,

                                   Earl T. Benson, Secretary

Dated:  May 2, 1994



<PAGE> begin page 19 (back cover)

MAP TO STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING

The Newark Hilton Hotel
39900 Balentine Drive
Newark, California
(510) 490-8390

PICTURE:  Map of South Bay Area showing major freeways with insert map
          showing hotel location.

From the East Bay:
880 South to Stevenson Blvd. Exit.  
West on Stevenson Blvd.
Right on Balentine Drive.

From the Peninsula:
101 to 84 East,
Cross the Dumbarton Bridge.
880 South to Stevenson Blvd. Exit.
West on Stevenson Blvd.
Right on Balentine Drive.

From San Jose:
880 North to Stevenson Blvd. Exit.
West on Stevenson Blvd.
Right on Balentine Drive.


<PAGE> BEGIN APPENDIX

APPENDIX TO PROXY STATEMENT
FOR ROSS STORES, INC.'S ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD
JUNE 7, 1994 ("Proxy Statement")

(Pursuant to Rule 304(a) of Regulations S-T)

1.  Stockholder Return Performance Graph.
     See section of the Proxy Statement entitled "Stockholder Return 
     Performance Graph" for the interpretation of the data contained
     in the graph.

2.  Map to Stockholders' Meeting.
     See outside back cover of the Proxy Statement for a narrative
     description of the map.





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Front:

PROXY
ROSS STORES, INC.

      The  undersigned hereby appoints Norman A. Ferber  and
Melvin  A. Wilmore, and either of them, as attorneys of  the
undersigned  with full power of substitution,  to  vote  all
shares of stock which the undersigned is entitled to vote at
the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Ross Stores, Inc.,  to
be  held  on  June 7, 1994 at 10:30 a.m. PDT, at the  Newark
Hilton Hotel, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark, California, and
at  any continuation or adjournment thereof, with all powers
which  the  undersigned might have if personally present  at
the meeting.

       WHERE   NO  CONTRARY  CHOICE  IS  INDICATED  BY   THE
STOCKHOLDER,  THIS PROXY, WHEN RETURNED, WILL BE  VOTED  FOR
SUCH NOMINEES AND PROPOSALS AND WITH DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY
UPON  SUCH  OTHER  MATTERS AS MAY PROPERLY COME  BEFORE  THE
MEETING.  THIS PROXY MAY BE REVOKED AT ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE
TIME IT IS VOTED.

      THIS  PROXY  IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF  THE  BOARD  OF
DIRECTORS.

      The  undersigned hereby acknowledges receipt of:   (a)
Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders dated May 2,  1994;
(b)  the  accompanying Proxy Statement, and (c)  the  Annual
Report to Stockholders for the fiscal year ended January 29,
1994  and  hereby  expressly revokes  any  and  all  proxies
heretofore given or executed by the undersigned with respect
to  the  shares of stock represented by this  Proxy  and  by
filing  this  Proxy with the Secretary of  the  Corporation,
gives notice of such revocation.

PLEASE  COMPLETE,  DATE AND SIGN THIS PROXY  AND  RETURN  IT
PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE.

ADDRESS CHANGE




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Common             X   Please mark your choices  like this


THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS:

PROPOSAL 1.   Election  for  a Three-Year  Term  of  Two
              Class  II Directors Proposed in the Accompanying
              Proxy Statement.

              FOR all nominees listed (except as marked to the
              contrary)

              WITHHOLD  AUTHORITY  to vote  for  all  nominees
              listed.

              Donald G. Fisher         Donna L. Weaver

INSTRUCTION:  To   withhold   authority  to   vote   for   any
              individual nominee write that nominee's name  in
             	the space provided below.

PROPOSAL 2.   To  ratify the appointment of Deloitte &  Touche
              as  the  Company's Independent Certified  Public
              Accountants  for the fiscal year ending  January
              28, 1995.

              FOR

              AGAINST

              ABSTAIN

3.   To  transact  such other business as may properly  come
     before   the   annual  meeting  or  any  adjournments   or
     postponements thereof.

ADDRESS CHANGE
Please  mark this box if you have written an address  change
 on the reverse side.

Dated:     (Be sure to date Proxy)                 , 1994

           Authorized Signature

           Printed Name

Please sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) on your  stock
certificate.  If shares of stock are held of record  in  the
names  of two or more persons or in the name of husband  and
wife, whether as joint tenants or otherwise, both or all  of
such persons should sign the Proxy.  If shares of stock  are
held  of record by a corporation, the Proxy should be signed
by  the  President  or Vice President and the  Secretary  or
Assistant Secretary.  Executors or administrators  or  other
fiduciaries  who  execute the above  Proxy  for  a  deceased
stockholder should give their full titles.