Chicago, get your Maine on.

February 25, 2008

From today’s Associated Press:


L.L. Bean is expanding its retail presence outside of the Northeast, the company announced today.

The outdoor gear and apparel outfitter said it plans to open a store in the Chicago area this September. It would be L.L. Bean’s first store in the Midwest.

The 30,000-square-foot store will be located at the Arboretum at South Barrington, a retail center that is now under construction in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

The expansion into the Chicago area is part of a larger retail expansion strategy, L.L. Bean officials said.

The company plans to grow to 32 stores by 2012. It now has 10 full-priced retail stores in nine states stretching from Maine to Virginia, and 16 smaller outlet stores.

I know how much snow y’all have been getting lately. Best to pick up a pair of these:

On another note….South Barrington???

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