LL Bean poised to open first store in Canada

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Shoppers exit the L.L. Bean retail store in Freeport, March 16, 2016.
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The retailer said that the 13,000-square-foot store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto.
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L.L. Bean is poised to open its first store in Canada.

The Maine-based retailer announced Thursday that the 13,000-square-foot store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto.

The retailer announced last year that it would be looking to open stores in Canada over the next decade. It also launched a Canadian-specific website last month.

The company sees international sales as an important part of its growth.

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L.L. Bean already owns 28 stores, a call center and a distribution center in Japan, where it has operated since 1992. But it’s doing things differently in Canada, where it partnered with Toronto-based Jaytex Group on the L.L. Bean-branded stores.

CEO Steve Smith said he’s thrilled that “loyal Canadian fans” can now enjoy “a true comprehensive … L.L. Bean experience.”

 



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