L.L.Bean to Open Retail Store at Mountain Farms in Hadley, Massachusetts

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Maine-based outdoor retailer announces sixth Massachusetts store will open in fall 2019

The approximately 15,000-square-foot store will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel, outerwear and footwear, as well as gear for outdoor enthusiasts.

Global outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, best known for its L.L.Bean Boots and world class customer service, announced a new Massachusetts retail location will open in the fall of 2019. The L.L.Bean store will be located at Mountain Farms, a premiere open air shopping and dining destination in Hadley, Massachusetts. The approximately 15,000-square-foot store will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel, outerwear and footwear, as well as gear for outdoor enthusiasts. The store will employ approximately 50 people and be a community resource for outdoor skills and knowledge, as well as high-quality gear and apparel.

“The Pioneer Valley has outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as people who love to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” said Greg Elder, retail vice president at L.L.Bean. “We look forward to showcasing our products and sharing our expertise both with longtime customers and those who may experience our brand for the first time.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome L.L.Bean to Mountain Farms as yet another best-in-class retailer that will perfectly complement our current retail mix,” said Dan Hester, development manager at Mountain Farms. “L.L.Bean will be a great asset to the community in Hadley, especially those who use the Norwottuck Rail Trail that passes behind the property.”

L.L.Bean currently operates stores in Boston, Burlington, Dedham, Mansfield and Mashpee, Massachusetts. The Hadley store will be its sixth in the state. Each store features Outdoor Discovery Programs to teach skills and offer new experiences of outdoor activities, all to empower people to share in the joy of the outdoors.

The outdoor company has experienced significant popularity on college campuses in recent years, driven in part by its Maine-made L.L.Bean Boots. The Hadley store will be centrally located for the schools of the Five College Consortium.

The new store will enable people of western Massachusetts and beyond to experience firsthand everything the legendary outdoor retailer offers: quality merchandise, exemplary customer service, a welcoming shopping environment and a commitment to always do what’s right by its customers, employees, the community and the environment.

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. 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. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. L.L.Bean currently operates 40 stores in 17 states across the United States, along with 27 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 http://www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

About Mountain Farms
Easily-accessible from Route 9 and Interstate 91, Mountain Farms is home to a diverse mix of tenants serving Hadley, MA as well as surrounding towns such as Amherst, North Hampton, and North Amherst. With over 394,000 square feet of upscale eateries and retail, Mountain Farms is a standout destination for residents of Western Massachusetts.    

About WS Development
WS Development is a Massachusetts-based property developer dedicated to the creation of places where people want to be. With more than 20 million square feet of existing space and an additional five million under development, it is one of the largest privately-owned development firms in the country. In business since 1990, WS is a vertically-integrated company that develops, owns, operates, and leases over 90 properties, including urban buildings, lifestyle centers, power centers, community centers, and mixed-use developments. Its goal is to be a contributing member of each community it serves. WS takes pride in its commitment to its roots, reflected by its properties in and around New England, but also finds great satisfaction in immersing itself in new locales and expanding its national portfolio. For more information, visit http://www.wsdevelopment.com, call 617.232.8900 or follow WS Development on Linkedin.

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