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Chicago, get your Maine on.

February 25, 2008

From today’s Associated Press:

LL BEAN TO EXPAND TO CHICAGO

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:

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On another note….South Barrington???
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