This excerpt taken from the ROST 8-K filed May 23, 2008.
ROSS STORES, INC.
STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
Ross Stores, Inc. has granted to the Participant named in the Notice of Grant of Stock Options (the Grant Notice) to which this Stock Option Agreement (the Option Agreement) is attached an Option (the Option) to purchase certain shares of Stock upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Grant Notice and this Option Agreement. The Option has been granted pursuant to and shall in all respects be subject to the terms and conditions of the Ross Stores, Inc. 2008 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan), as amended to the Grant Date, the provisions of which are incorporated herein by reference. By signing the Grant Notice, the Participant: (a) acknowledges receipt of and represents that the Participant has read and is familiar with the Grant Notice, this Option Agreement, the Plan and a prospectus for the Plan prepared in connection with the registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of shares issuable pursuant to the Option (the Plan Prospectus), (b) accepts the Option subject to all of the terms and conditions of the Grant Notice, this Option Agreement and the Plan and (c) agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Committee upon any questions arising under the Grant Notice, this Option Agreement or the Plan.
1. DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION.