L.L. Bean Heads to Chicago

In its first retail expansion outside the Northeast corridor, L.L. Bean in September will open a store in the Chicago area. The outdoor gear and apparel merchant is planning a 30,000-sq.-ft. store at the Arboretum at South Barrington, a suburb northwest of Chicago.

Why Chicago? The cataloger says that the Chicago area is one of its largest markets. The new store, which will employ about 125 people, will include an L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School, where experts instruct on the finer points of such sports as kayaking and fly-fishing.

What’s more, the store will be built to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards. L.L. Bean’s seventh “green” store, the Chicago location will incorporate creative use of recycled and reclaimed materials as well as energy efficient heating, cooling, and lighting systems.

Founded in 1912 as a catalog, Freeport, ME-based L.L. Bean began opening stores outside of Maine in 2000. It currently operates 10; the merchant plans to have 32 stores in place by 2012.

Partner Content

The Gift of Wow: Preparing your store for the holiday season - Netsuite
Being prepared for the holiday rush used to mean stocking shelves and making sure your associates were ready for the long hours. But the digital revolution has changed everything, most importantly, customer expectations. Retailers with a physical store presence should be asking themselves—what am I doing to wow the customer?
3 Critical Components to Achieving the Perfect Order - NetSuite
Explore the 3 critical components to delivering the perfect order.
Streamlining Unified Commerce Complexity - NetSuite
Explore how consolidating multiple systems through a cloud-based commerce platform provides a seamless experience for both you, and your customer.
Strategies for Maximizing Mobile Point-of-Sale Technology - NetSuite
Learn the top five innovative ways to utilize your mobile POS technology to drive customer engagement, increase sales and elevate your brand.