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07/22/2019 11:02 EDT | Updated 07/23/2019 10:09 EDT

L.L. Bean's First Canadian Store To Open In Oakville

The retailer launched a Canada-specific website last month.

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An L.L. Bean location in Paramus, N.J., June 17, 2018.

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. meter) store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto.

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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.”