As of Oct 28, 2017, Shoe Carnival operated 424 stores in 35 states and Puerto Rico.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 19 stores and closed 9 stores. The company opened 19 stores and closed 10 stores in the first nine months of 2017. During fiscal 2017, the company expects to open approximately 19 stores and close 18 to 20 stores.

All stores are leased and are typically located in open-air shopping centers. Stores average approximately 11,000 square feet, ranging in size from 4,000 to 26,500 square feet, while the sales area of most stores is approximately 85% of the gross store size. The current traditional store prototype utilizes between 7,500 and 11,000 square feet, depending upon, among other factors, the location of the store and the population base the company expects the store to service. A small-market store prototype was introduced in Oct 2015, and range between 4,000 and 6,000 square feet.

Store growth2.7%2.5%1.3%6.4%7.1%7.3%
Total gross square feet (M)4,5584,5264,4654,4194,1473,823
Total gross square feet growth0.3%1.4%1.0%6.6%8.5%7.6%
Avg store gross sq ft10,80010,90011,00011,00011,00010,900
Avg store gross sq ft growth-2.3%-1.1%-0.2%0.2%1.3%0.2%