Philip E. Mallott Joins GNC Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: "GNC"), a leading global specialty retailer of nutritional products, today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Philip E. Mallott as a director to fill the vacancy created by Norman Axelrod's resignation. Mr. Mallott served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Intimate Brands, Inc., a former subsidiary of Limited Brands, Inc., and most recently provided retail stock research as an independent consultant to Westminster Research Associates LLC and, prior to that, as an analyst for Coker & Palmer, Inc. He is currently a director of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG).

"We are excited that Phil has joined the GNC Board," said Joseph Fortunato, President and Chief Executive Officer of GNC.

"His wealth of experience, particularly in the retail sector, should be an invaluable resource to GNC as we move forward."

About GNC

GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."

As of March 31, 2012, GNC has more than 7,700 locations, of which more than 5,900 retail locations are in the United States (including 928 franchise and 2,146 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 56 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. The Company's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, GNC Total Lean, Pro Performance® and Pro Performance® AMP, and under nationally recognized third party brands.

This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our financial condition, results of operations and business that is not historical information. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as "subject to," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "should," "can," the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions, or by discussions of strategy and outlook. While the Company believes there is a reasonable basis for its expectations and beliefs, they are inherently uncertain, and the Company may not realize its expectations and its beliefs may not prove correct. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results could differ materially from those described or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a listing of factors that may materially affect such forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts:

Investors

Michael M. Nuzzo
Executive Vice President and CFO
(412) 288-2029

Dennis Magulick
Senior Director – Treasury & Investor Relations
(412) 288-4632

SOURCE GNC Holdings, Inc.

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