Trans World Entertainment Names James A. Litwak as President and Chief Operating Officer

ALBANY, N.Y., Oct 19, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Trans World Entertainment
Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC), the largest specialty music retailer in the
nation, today announced the appointment of James A. Litwak as President and
Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Litwak will be responsible for all
merchandising and marketing initiatives and store operations for the Company.

“Jim will play a significant role in assisting our management team to help
drive growth initiatives in our existing and new businesses, while
concentrating on the merchandising and marketing areas and overseeing the
store operations,” stated Robert J. Higgins, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer. “His industry expertise combined with his prior experience at Trans
World as Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing will make him
an outstanding addition to our already strong management team. We will be
well-positioned to capitalize on the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr. Litwak served as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing
at Trans World from 1996 – 2000. During this time, Trans World achieved
15 quarters of positive comparable store sales growth and three years of
record earnings.

Most recently, Mr. Litwak was Senior Vice President of Columbia House. In
his career Mr. Litwak has held several executive merchandising positions
including 14 years at Macy’s where he was President of Macy’s West.

“I am pleased to be rejoining Trans World as its President,” said James
Litwak. “Trans World is a very exciting place to work with many talented
people, a history of success and significant growth potential. I am confident
in my ability to contribute greatly to the Company’s strategy and look forward
to the opportunity to drive the Company’s growth in the years ahead.”

Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of music, video
and video game products. The Company operates over 800 retail stores in 46
states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and e-
commerce sites, http://www.fye.com , http://www.coconuts.com ,
http://www.wherehouse.com and http://www.secondspin.com . In addition to its
mall locations, operated primarily under the f.y.e. brand, the Company also
operates freestanding locations under the names Coconuts Music and Movies,
Strawberries Music, Wherehouse, CD World, Spec’s, Second Spin and Planet
Music.

Certain statements in this release set forth management’s intentions,
plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current
facts and analyses. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated
in such statements. Additional information on factors that may affect the
business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the
Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Trans World Entertainment Corporation

John J. Sullivan,
EVP,
Chief Financial Officer,
of Trans World Entertainment,
+1-518-452-1242 ext. 7400;
or Rich Tauberman of MWW Group,
+1-201-507-9500,