L.L.Bean opens its first Michigan store at the Mall at Partridge Creek, Clinton Twp.
By Robere Lett – Publisher
Here at Haute is… Magazine we were super excited to learn that L.L.Bean the iconic brand for the outdoorsy types has open the first ever retail store in Michigan inside the wonderful Mall at Partridge Creek. The internationally recognized outdoor retailer is best known for its signature Bean Boots, exceptional Scottish flannel and Ultralight down jackets along with their many other various goods and services.
The 14,000 square-foot store features an assortment of active and casual apparel plus footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear including hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking and winter gear and camping products. “L.L.Bean also offers special services such as everyday free shipping and 100% satisfaction guarantee”. As the latest installation located at The Mall at Partridge Creek, the distinctive look of the facade creates an exciting open-air feel that calls to mind the great outdoors.
Employing close to 100 personnel, those interested in a career working in retail can visit www.llbeancareers.com. This is L.L.Bean’s first store in Michigan and its 30th retail store outside of Maine.
“People in the Macomb County area love their outdoor activities. From paddling and fishing on the Clinton River and in Lake St. Clair, to cycling along the Clinton River Trail, we know this is going to be a great home for us because of all of the great outdoor activities to be had, all within a stone’s throw from the store,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “Lots of people know us through our catalogs and website, but our newest store in Michigan will give folks in the Detroit area the chance to experience the true essence of an outdoor store and the L.L.Bean brand firsthand.”
L.L.Bean made the decision to continue to expand its retail presence into Michigan as part of its overall retail expansion plan and due to the store’s proximity to several abundant natural resources and multiple opportunities for many outdoor activities, as well as a population base that enjoys regularly engaging in a variety of outdoor pursuits. The store will allow the people of the greater Detroit area and beyond to experience first-hand everything that the legendary outdoor retailer has to offer, such as quality merchandise, a welcoming shopping environment and a large roster of ongoing demonstrations and clinics on a number of outdoor topics.
Of particular note will be the inclusion of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, which will offer demonstrations, clinics and introductory hands-on activities like snowshoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, archery and fly casting, all designed to make it easy 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 2015, over 140,000 people participated in these programs.
“The L.L.Bean store is a terrific addition to our retail merchandise mix by providing apparel and outdoor lifestyle gear for family members of all ages and will be very popular with our customers,” says Wendy Batiste-Johnson, General Manager at The Mall at Partridge Creek. “L.L.Bean will be located at the Mall’s Center Court between Pandora and Lush,” adds Batiste-Johnson.
About L.L.Bean, Inc.
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multi-channel 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. 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. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and always shipped free. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. 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, Google+ and Instagram.
Images courtesy of: www.llbean.com