As of Aug 4, 2018, Shoe Carnival operated 402 stores in 35 states and Puerto Rico.

In fiscal 2017, the company opened 19 stores and closed 26 stores. The company closed 6 stores in the first half of fiscal 2018. During full-year fiscal 2018, the company expects to open approximately 3 stores and close 25 to 30 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 26,000 square feet, while the sales area of most stores is approximately 85% of the gross store size. The current traditional store prototype utilizes between 7,000 and 10,000 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 growth-3.8%-1.7%2.5%1.3%6.4%7.1%
Total gross square feet (M)4,3244,3914,5264,4654,4194,147
Total gross square feet growth-4.4%-3.0%1.4%1.0%6.6%8.5%
Avg store gross sq ft10,80010,80010,90011,00011,00011,000
Avg store gross sq ft growth-0.6%-1.3%-1.1%-0.2%0.2%1.3%