Freeport, Me. — The 29,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in mid-November at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
Freeport, Me. — Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean is set to expand its retail operation with the opening of its first Minnesota store. The new L.L.Bean store, which will be located in the Mall of America®, is slated to open in mid-November. The 29,000-square-foot store will be L.L.Bean’s first store west of the Mississippi River.
“The people of Minnesota and Maine share a number of similarities, including a love of the outdoors, an appreciation of honest values and principles and an appreciation of nature and the environment,” says Ken Kacere, senior vice president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “We’re very excited to be opening our first Minnesota store. With its dynamic natural resources, and a population base that lives the outdoor lifestyle, Minnesota is an ideal location for L.L.Bean’s first store west of the Mississippi. We’re looking forward to introducing our brand to the Twin Cities area.”
L.L.Bean made the decision to expand its retail presence into the Twin Cities area based on Minnesotans’ proclivity for outdoor recreation, as well as the proximity to numerous natural resources and treasures, including some of the nation’s best lakes, parks and wilderness areas.
“From day one Mall of America has worked to bring new businesses to Minnesota. L.L.Bean is a perfect example of an exciting company coming to our state,” says Maureen Bausch, executive vice president of business development at Mall of America. “This is a storied brand with a long history of loyal and satisfied customers.”
Freeport, Me.-based L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named chairman of the board of directors in 2013. For more information, visit www.llbean.com.