L.L.Bean is expanding its retail operation with the opening of its first Colorado store. The new L.L.Bean store will be located in the Park Meadows Retail Resort, next to the main entrance. The 13,000-square-foot store will employ approximately 80 people.
This will be L.L.Bean’s first store in Colorado and its 22nd retail store outside of Maine.
“Our stores are where the L.L.Bean catalogs and Web site come to life for our customers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “It’s very exciting to be opening our first Colorado store in an area that is just steps away from countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Being our westernmost store, the Denver area is a great fit for L.L.Bean. We look forward to introducing Maine to the Mile High City.”
L.L.Bean made the decision to expand its retail presence into Colorado due to the proximity to abundant natural resources and opportunities for many outdoor activities, as well as a love of the outdoors that most Coloradoans share. Of particular note will be the inclusion of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, which will offer a wide variety of demonstrations, clinics and introductory hands-on activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery and fly casting, all designed to make it as easy as possible for people to engage in outdoor activities for health, fitness and recreation. L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools courses are offered at every L.L.Bean Retail Store. In 2013, more than 100,000 people participated in these programs.
“We are very excited to welcome L.L.Bean to Park Meadows,” said Parke Meadow’s senior general manager Pam Kelly. “Their brand is classic and one that fits perfectly within the Colorado lifestyle. Plus, this being their westernmost location is another bonus for our shoppers and for our community.”
The new L.L.Bean store in Colorado is scheduled to open in mid-November, with a three-day grand opening celebration. Earlier this year, L.L.Bean announced two additional new store locations in Burlington, Vt., scheduled to open in early November and in Bloomington, Minn., at the Mall of America, scheduled to open in mid-November.