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Freeport, ME, June 20, 2020

L.L.Bean Announces Retail Expansion with Three New Stores Opening in Canada This Year

Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean – known for its signature Bean Boot, Boat & Tote and outdoor essentials – announced today the expansion of the brand in Canada, with three new L.L.Bean stores scheduled to open in Ontario by the end of 2020. This marks the latest effort to make the company’s products more accessible in Canada, where the brand is experiencing its highest new customer growth worldwide.

L.L.Bean will continue its expansion in Ontario with new stores opening in the Georgian Mall in Barrie on July 10 and in Ottawa Train Yards on August 21. Later this fall, Canada’s fourth L.L.Bean store will open in Toronto at the Shops at Don Mills. Each location will feature a unique store design and a curated assortment of footwear, apparel and outdoor essentials informed by Canadian customer feedback. L.L.Bean will open these stores in partnership with Toronto-based Jaytex Group.

L.L.Bean launched its Canadian e-commerce site in the Fall of 2018, followed by the launch of a Canada-specific catalog and the opening of the first Canadian store in Oakville, Ont., in August 2019. The opening of the three new L.L.Bean locations reflects the company’s continued success in the Canadian market, accelerated by strong year-over-year sales and new customer growth.

“The positive response to our first store opening accelerated our expansion plan from two stores to three stores this year, despite the economic downturn,” said Greg Elder, Vice President of Retail and International for L.L.Bean. “We’re extremely grateful to our Canadian customers for welcoming us, and the continued success really speaks to the strength of the brand, the relevance of our iconic products and the kinship we share in the inherent love and care for the outdoors.”

Howie Kastner, President of Jaytex Group, spoke to the response from Canadians: “The success of L.L.Bean in Oakville has been encouraging, and the new stores across Ontario will widen the reach to our loyal Canadian customer base. We’re excited to work with L.L.Bean to expand the iconic brand in Canada and to encourage outdoor activities with family and friends.”

“We’re extremely mindful of how and where we grow,” said Stephen Smith, President and CEO of L.L.Bean. “We’re excited to be able to offer our Canadian neighbors more options in more locations around the country this year, and to provide them the outdoor essentials they need to enjoy the many restorative benefits of being outside. We look forward to building on that relationship with our Canadian customers for years to come.”

In addition to growth in Canada, L.L.Bean also has an international footprint in Japan, where it operates 27 stores, a remote office and call center. The company entered the Japanese market in 1992.

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About L.L.Bean, Inc.

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. L.L.Bean is a family-owned Maine company, led by Executive Chairman, Shawn Gorman, the great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, and Stephen Smith, President and CEO. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. In the past ten years, L.L.Bean has provided over $30 million to non-profit organizations. L.L.Bean currently operates 54 stores across the United States and 28 stores in Japan. The 220,000-sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

About Jaytex Group

The Jaytex Group, founded in 1978 is a privately-owned company with a diverse portfolio of private label and lifestyle licensed brands in Canada. Partners Eric Grundy, Howie Kastner and Leo Grunberger commit to deliver the highest standards of creativity, brand integrity and product quality. Jaytex has worked with some of the best fashion brands from around the world, specializing in design, importing and sourcing, through multiple distribution channels. The Jaytex Group is a proud sponsor and supporter of numerous community organizations and fundraising initiatives. www.jaytexgroup.com

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