LL Bean poised to open 1st store in Canada
In this March 16, 2016, file photo, shoppers exit the L.L. Bean retail store in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
FREEPORT, Maine -- L.L. Bean is poised to open its first store in Canada.
The Maine-based retailer announced Thursday that the 13,000-square-foot (1,210-sq. metre) 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.
L.L. Bean already owns 28 stores, a call centre and a distribution centre 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."