As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 28, 1995
                                         Registration No. 33-____________
                                     
                                     
                                     
                    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                          Washington, D. C. 20549
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                 FORM S-8
                       REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER
                        THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
                                     
                                     
                                     
                             ROSS STORES, INC.
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

     Delaware                                94-1390387
   (State or other jurisdiction         (IRS Employer Identification No.)
of incorporation or organization)
                                     
                   8333 Central Avenue, Newark, CA 94560
           (Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
                                     
                                     
                                     
                AMENDED AND RESTATED 1992 STOCK OPTION PLAN
  THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED ROSS STORES, INC. 1988 RESTRICTED STOCK PLAN
 THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED ROSS STORES, INC. EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
                 (collectively referred to as the "Plans")
                         (Full title of the plan)
                                     
                                     
                                     
                              Earl T. Benson
   Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
                             ROSS STORES, INC.
                   8333 Central Avenue, Newark, CA 94560
                  (Name and address of agent for service)
                              (510) 505-4400
       (Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
                                     
                                     
                                     
              See page 2 for Calculation of Registration Fee

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                         CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
                                        
<CAPTION>                                        
                                                                                               
                                                              Proposed          Proposed     
                      Title of         Amount                  Maximum           Maximum          Amount of
                     Securities        to be               Offering Price       Aggregate        Registration
 Title of Plan          to be        Registered             per Share      Offering Price            Fee
                                      <F1>                      <F2>                <F2>   
                     Registered         
 <S>             <C>                <C>                    <C>            <C>                   <C>     
                                                                                             
   1992 Stock                                                                                
  Option Plan
                  Options to         1,200,000                   N/A               N/A               N/A
                  Purchase
                  Common Stock
                                                                                             
                  Common Stock,      1,200,000                 $12.438       $14,925,600.00       $5,146.76
                  $0.01 par value
                                                                                             
1988 Restricted                                                                              
   Stock Plan
                  Common Stock,       800,000                  $12.438        $9,950,400.00       $3,431.17
                  $0.01 par value
                                                                                             
 Employee Stock                                                                              
 Purchase Plan
                  Options to          400,000                   N/A               N/A               N/A
                  Purchase
                  Common Stock
                                                                                             
                  Common Stock,       400,000                  $10.572        $4,228,800.00       $1,458.21
                  $0.01 par value
                                                                                             
<FN>                                     
<F1> This Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares  of
     Common  Stock which become issuable under the Plans by reason  of  any
     stock   dividend,  stock  split,  recapitalization  or  other  similar
     transaction  effected  without  the  receipt  of  consideration  which
     results  in  an increase in the number of the Registrant's outstanding
     shares of Common Stock.
     
<F2> Calculated solely for purposes of this offering under Rule  457(h)  of
     the  Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on the basis of  the  average
     of  the high and low selling prices per share of Common Stock of  Ross
     Stores,  Inc.  on  July 25, 1995 as reported by  the  Nasdaq  National
     Market.   With respect to the Third Amended and Restated Ross  Stores,
     Inc.  Employee Stock Purchase Plan which establishes a purchase  price
     equal  to  85%  of  the  fair market value of the Registrant's  common
     stock,  the offering price is 85% of such average of the high and  low
     selling prices.
</FN>
</TABLE>

                                     

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                                  PART II
                                     
            INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
                                     
ITEM 3.   INCORPORATION OF DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

Ross Stores, Inc. (the "Registrant" or "company") hereby incorporates by
reference into this Registration Statement the following documents
previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the
"Commission"):

          a.   The Registrant's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal
               year ended January 28, 1995;
               
          b.   The Registrant's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the
               fiscal quarter ended April 29, 1995;
               
          c.   The description of the Registrant's Common Stock contained
               in the Registration Statement  on Form 8-B (No. 0-14678,
               effective September 1, 1989), filed under the 1934 Act
               including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of
               updating such description.  This Form 8-B registration
               statement was filed by the Registrant as successor to Ross
               Stores, Inc., a California corporation.

All documents filed pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the
1934 Act after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the
filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities
offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then
remaining unsold shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this
Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of
such documents.


ITEM 4.   DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

Not applicable.


ITEM 5.   INTERESTS OF NAMED EXPERTS AND COUNSEL

Not applicable.


ITEM 6.   INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law authorizes a
corporation's Board of Directors to grant indemnification to directors and
officers in terms sufficiently broad to permit such indemnification under
certain circumstances for liabilities (including reimbursement for expenses
incurred) arising under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933
Act").  The Registrant's Bylaws provide for mandatory indemnification of
its directors, officers and employees to the maximum
extent permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law, and requires the
Registrant to advance expenses to the
indemnified party in certain circumstances and to obtain directors' and
officers' insurance if available on reasonable terms.  The Registrant's
Certificate of Incorporation provides that, to the fullest extent permitted
by Delaware law, its directors shall not be liable for monetary damages.
This provision in the Certificate of Incorporation does not eliminate the
directors' fiduciary duty, and in appropriate circumstances equitable
remedies such as injunctive or other forms of non-monetary relief will
remain available under Delaware law.  In addition, each director will
continue to be subject to liability for breach of the director's duty of
loyalty to the company for acts or omissions not in good faith or involving
intentional misconduct, for knowing violations of law, for actions leading
to improper personal benefit to the director, and for payment of dividends
or approval of stock repurchases or redemptions that are unlawful under
Delaware law.  The provision also does not affect a director's
responsibilities under any other law, such as the federal securities laws.
The Registrant (or its predecessor) has entered into Indemnification
Agreements with certain officers and directors which provide them with
indemnification to the maximum extent permitted by law
and which require the Registrant , among other things,
to advance expenses to the indemnified party in certain circumstances, and
to obtain directors' and officers' insurance if available on reasonable
terms.  The Registrant's Bylaws allow it to enter into Indemnification
Agreements with its officers and directors which may provide the
Registrant's officers and directors with further indemnification.  In
addition, the Registrant currently carries directors' and officers'
insurance which provides coverage with respect to defense costs and awards
paid with respect to various claims against Registrant's directors and
officers.



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ITEM 7.   EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION CLAIMED

Not Applicable.


ITEM 8.   EXHIBITS

See Exhibit Index.


ITEM 9.        UNDERTAKINGS

 A. The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:
    (1)   to file, during any period in which offers or sales are being
 made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement;
    (i)   to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the
 1933 Act,
    (ii)  to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after
 the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-
 effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate,
 represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the
 Registration Statement, and
    (iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of
 distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or
 any material change to such information in the Registration
 Statement;
 provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii)
 shall not apply if the information required to be included in a post-
 effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports
 filed by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the
 1934 Act that are incorporated by reference into the Registration
 Statement;
    (2)       that for the purpose of determining any liability under the
 1933 Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new
 registration statement relating to the securities offered therein and the
 offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the
 initial bona fide offering thereof; and
    (3)       to remove from registration by means of a post-effective
 amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at
 the termination of the offering.

 B. The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of
 determining any liability under the 1933 Act, each filing of the
 Registrants annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of
 the 1934 Act that is incorporated by reference in the Registration
 Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to
 the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at
 that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 C. Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the 1933 Act
 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the
 Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the
 Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and
 Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as
 expressed in the 1933 Act, and is, therefore, unenforceable.  In the
 event that a  claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other
 than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a
 director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the
 successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such
 director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities
 being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its
 counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a
 court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such
 indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the 1933
 Act, and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.




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                                SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the 1933 Act, the Registrant certifies that
it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements
for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to
be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in
the City of Newark, State of California, on this 27th of July 1995.


                                   ROSS STORES, INC.



                            By /s/Norman A. Ferber_______________________
                            Norman A. Ferber
                            Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer


                             POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

That the undersigned officers and directors of Ross Stores, Inc., a
Delaware corporation, do hereby constitute and appoint Norman A. Ferber and
Earl T. Benson, and each of them, the lawful attorneys and agents, with
full power and authority to do any and all acts and things and to execute
any and all instruments which said attorneys and agents, and any one of
them, determine may be necessary or advisable or required to enable said
corporation to comply with the 1933 Act, and any rules or regulations or
requirements of the Commission in connection with this Registration
Statement.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing power and
authority, the powers granted include the power and authority to sign the
names of the undersigned officers and directors in the capacities indicated
below to this Registration Statement, to any and all amendments, both pre-
effective and post-effective, and supplements to this Registration
Statement, and to any and all instruments or documents filed as part of or
in conjunction with this Registration Statement or amendments or
supplements thereof, and each of the undersigned hereby ratifies and
confirms all that said attorneys and agents, or any of them, shall do or
cause to be done by virtue hereof.  This Power of Attorney may be signed in
several counterparts.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the undersigned has executed this Power of
Attorney as of the date indicated.

Pursuant to the requirements of the 1933 Act, the Registration Statement
has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the
dates indicated.


SIGNATURES               TITLE                              DATE
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/Norman A. Ferber      Chairman of the Board and          July 27, 1995
Norman A. Ferber         Chief Executive Officer            
                         (Principal Executive Officer)      
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/Earl Benson           Senior Vice President, Chief       July 27, 1995
Earl T. Benson           Financial Officer and              
                         Secretary                          
                         (Principal Financial Officer)      
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/John M. Vuko          Senior Vice President, Controller  July 27, 1995
John M. Vuko             & Principal Accounting Officer     
                                                            
                                                            

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SIGNATURES               TITLE                              DATE
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/Stuart G. Moldaw      Director                           July 27, 1995
Stuart G. Moldaw                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/G. Orban              Director                           July 27, 1995
George P. Orban                                             
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/Philip Schlein        Director                           July 27, 1995
Philip Schlein                                              
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/Donald H. Seiler      Director                           July 27, 1995
Donald H. Seiler                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/D. L. Weaver          Director                           July 27, 1995
Donna L. Weaver                                             
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
/s/M. Wilmore            President, Chief Operating         July 27, 1995
Melvin A. Wilmore        Officer, & Director
                            
                                                            


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                               EXHIBIT INDEX


Exhibit Number      Exhibit

     4.1       Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, incorporated by
               reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registration Statement on
               Form 8-B filed September 1, 1989 by Registrant.
               
     4.2       Amended Bylaws, dated August 25, 1994, incorporated by
               reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Form 10-Q filed by
               Registrant for its quarter ended July 30, 1994.
               
     5         Opinion and Consent of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich.
               
     15        Letter re Unaudited Interim Financial Information

     23.1      Consent of Independent Auditors - Deloitte & Touche LLP.
               
     23.2      Consent of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (included in Exhibit
               5).
               
     24        Power of Attorney (included in the signature pages of this
               Registration Statement).






                                                 Our File No. 1180286-902200
                             July 27, 1995




Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20549

      Re:  Ross Stores, Inc. 1992 Stock Option Plan; Third Amended and
           Restated Ross Stores, Inc. 1988 Restricted Stock Plan; and Third
           Amended and Restated Ross Stores, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase
           Plan - Registration Statement on Form S-8

Gentlemen and Ladies:

      As legal counsel for Ross Stores, Inc., a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), we are rendering this opinion in
connection with the registration under the Securities Act of
1933, as amended, of up to 1,200,000 shares of the Company's
Common Stock, $0.01 par value, which may be issued pursuant to
the exercise of options granted under the Ross Stores, Inc. 1992
Stock Option Plan (the "Option Plan"), 800,000 such shares which
may be issued pursuant to the Third Amended and Restated Ross
Stores, Inc. 1988 Restricted Stock Plan (the "Restricted Plan"),
and 400,000 such shares which may be issued pursuant to the
exercise of purchase rights granted under the Third Amended and
Restated Ross Stores, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the
"Purchase Plan").

      We have examined all instruments, documents and records
which we deemed relevant and necessary for the basis of our
opinion hereinafter
 expressed.  In such examination, we have
assumed the genuineness of all signatures and the authenticity of
all documents submitted to us as originals and the conformity to
the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies.

      We are admitted to practice only in the State of California
and we express no opinion concerning any law other than the law
of the State of California, the corporation laws of the State of
Delaware and the federal law of the United States.  As to matters
of Delaware corporation law, we have based our opinion solely
upon examination of such laws and the rules and regulations of
the authorities administering such laws, all as reported in
standard, unofficial compilations.  We have not obtained opinions
of counsel licensed to practice in jurisdictions other than the
State of California.

      Based on such examination, we are of the opinion that the
1,200,000 shares, 800,000 shares and 400,000 shares of Common
Stock which may be issued upon the exercise of options granted
under the Option Plan, pursuant to the Restricted Plan and upon
the exercise of purchase rights granted under the Purchase Plan,
respectively, are duly authorized shares of the Company's Common
Stock, and, when issued in accordance with the provisions of the
Option Plan, the Restricted Plan or the Purchase Plan, as the
case may be, will be validly issued, fully paid and
non-assessable.

      We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an
exhibit to the Registration Statement referred to above and the
use of our name wherever it appears in said Registration
Statement.

                                Respectfully submitted,

       
                                /s/Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich
                                GRAY CARY WARE & FREIDENRICH
                                A Professional Corporation




                                             Exhibit 15


June 2, 1995


Ross Stores, Inc.
Newark, California

We have made a review, in accordance with standards
established by the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants, of the unaudited condensed consolidated interim
financial statements of Ross Stores, Inc. for the three-
month periods ended April 29, 1995 and April 30, 1994, as
indicated in our independent accountants' review report
dated May 19, 1995; because we did not perform an audit, we
expressed no opinion on that information.

We are aware that our report referred to above, which was
included in your Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the
quarter ended April 29, 1995, is being used in this
Registration Statement.

We are also aware that the aforementioned report, pursuant
to Rule 436(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, is not
considered a part of the Registration Statement prepared or
certified by an accountant or a report prepared or certified
by an accountant within the meaning of Sections 7 and 11 of
that Act.

Yours truly,

Deloitte & Touche LLP
San Francisco, California








                                             Exhibit 23.1



INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' CONSENT

We consent to the incorporation by reference in this
Registration Statement of Ross Stores, Inc. on Form S-8
pertaining to the Amended and Restated 1992 Stock Option
Plan, the Third Amended and Restated Ross Stores, Inc. 1988
Restricted Stock Plan and the Third Amended and Restated
Ross Stores, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan of our report
dated March 15, 1995, appearing in the Annual Report on Form
10-K of Ross Stores, Inc. for the year ended January 28,
1995.


Deloitte & Touche LLP
San Francisco, California

July 21, 1995