Los Angeles — American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO) and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) have signed leases for seven new Aerie® stores and two adjacent standalone OFFLINE™ by Aerie locations, opening in the second half of 2021 at URW’s flagship shopping destinations in the U.S.
“At AEO Inc., stores are a powerful tool for our omnichannel business and continue to be important for our brands,” says Andrew McLean, chief commercial officer, AEO Inc. “Our approach to store openings is based on a deep understanding of customer and market potential.”
“We are proud to continue our relationship with AEO, Inc., especially as it embarks on a new strategy for its brands and its physical retail footprint,” says Colin Shaughnessy, executive vice president, U.S. Leasing, at URW. “At URW, we have been focused over the last several years on ensuring we have the best assets in the best markets. That effort is now paying off, as we see really dynamic interest in our destinations as retailers hone their brick-and-mortar portfolio to focus on the most important locations.”
The new Aerie stores will open in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.; Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, Md.; Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, Ill.; Westfield Plaza Bonita in National City, Calif.; Westfield Southcenter in Seattle; Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore, N.Y.; and Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, Calif. The locations at Garden State Plaza and Montgomery will also feature adjacent storefronts featuring OFFLINE™ by Aerie, the new sub-brand offering a complete collection of activewear and accessories that launched in July 2020.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle® and Aerie® brands. The company operates stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Hong Kong. American Eagle and Aerie merchandise also is available at more than 200 international locations operated by licensees in 25 countries. For more information, visit www.aeo-inc.com.
Aerie is a lifestyle brand offering intimates, apparel, activewear and swim collections since 2014. For more information, visit www.aerie.com.
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is a premier global developer and operator that owns and operates 87 shopping centers, including 53 flagships, in the most dynamic cities in Europe and the United States. For more information, visit www.urw.com.