L.L.Bean to Open First New York Store in Albany

New York residents who love the outdoors will want to head to the Colonie Center on Friday, September 14, as L.L.Bean celebrates the grand opening of its newest store at the Colonie Center, Albany, New York.

FREEPORT, Maine -- New York residents who love the outdoors will want to head to the Colonie Center on Friday, September 14, as L.L.Bean celebrates the grand opening of its newest store at the Colonie Center, Albany, New York.

The grand opening celebration promises fun and adventure for the whole family. The doors will open at 9am, Friday, September 14, and will remain open 24 hours a day during the weekend long event. Night-owl shoppers will be treated to refreshments, live music and giveaways after midnight on Friday and Saturday.

L.L.Bean will give away gift cards -- worth up to $500 -- to the first 200 customers and signed Maine storybooks to the first 100 kids on Friday, September 14th. Expert instructors from L.L.Bean's Outdoor Discovery Schools will be offering free clinics, demonstrations and L.L.Bean's popular fly- casting Walk-On Adventures. Other grand opening activities include The Weather Channel's interactive weather wall, an opportunity to register-to-win a ski vacation to Mount Snow Ski Resort in Vermont, Fun with Bugs with the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, and Butterfly Exploration with Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum.

Bean's new store is approximately 30,000 square feet and built to U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards. The store incorporates environmentally friendly building materials and fixtures, and utilizes systems and technology to increase energy efficiency, thereby reducing the store's environmental footprint. It will employ approximately 125 people and offer a selection of high-quality outdoor apparel and gear including hiking, fly- fishing, kayaking, biking and camping products.

"L.L.Bean has a strong commitment to protecting and preserving outdoor spaces. Because of this commitment, it is important for the company to create a sustainable retail environment for our customers," said Ken Kacere, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Retail. "With the opening of the Albany Store, L.L. Bean is excited to offer a broad range of recreational products, more hands on opportunities with our Outdoor Discovery Schools, and a strong connection to local conservation and recreation organizations that serve this community."

In celebration of the new store, L.L.Bean will contribute $30,000 in cash and product to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Twenty thousand dollars of the gift will establish the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Fund at the Preserve's new center to support a variety of student and family-based outdoor education and recreation programs. The balance of the gift will be used to supply outdoor equipment to enhance programs at the center and 3,010-acre Preserve.

The Albany store is the eighth store outside of Maine the company has opened as part of an initiative to expand its brick and mortar retail business. After the grand opening weekend, Albany regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other L.L.Bean Stores are located in McLean, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Marlton, New Jersey; West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Burlington, Massachusetts; Center Valley, Pennsylvania; South Windsor, Connecticut and Freeport, Maine, the site of L.L.Bean's original Flagship Store, Hunting and Fishing Store and Bike, Boat & Ski Store.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading retailer 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. While its business has grown substantially, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder and continues his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. You can visit L.L.Bean anytime at www.llbean.com.


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