L.L. Bean opening store in China

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) -- L.L. Bean is ready to open the first of five stores in China this month.

The Beijing store in the Solana Mall in Beijing, which opens on Sept. 27, will be operated through a joint venture between the Maine outdoors outfitter and Youngone Corp. of Korea.

CEO Chris McCormick says he believes L.L. Bean's store will benfit from a growing interest among the Chinese in the outdoors and outdoor activities. The 3,000-square-foot store will feature natural light and weathered timbers reminiscent of the company's flagship store in Freeport.

The China stores will be privately held L.L. Bean Inc.'s first international stores outside of Japan, where it has 15 stores.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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