As of Mar 31, 2018, Party City operated 808 stores in 46 states and Canada, and franchisees operated 134 stores.
During fiscal 2017, the company opened 16 new stores, acquired 44 stores and closed 7 stores, while franchisees reduced store counts by 33 net stores. In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the company opened 3 stores, acquired 12 stores, and closed 10 stores, while franchisees closed or sold 14 net stores.
All stores are leased, and are predominantly located in strip centers and are generally co-located with other destination retailers. Party City US stores average approximately 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, and Party City Canada stores average approximately 8,000 to 10,500 square feet. The company also operates 250-300 temporary Halloween stores under the Halloween City and other names, typically open from the day after Labor Day through October of each year, which average approximately 5,000 to 20,000 square feet.
|Total gross square feet (M)||9,257||9,199||8,571||8,129||7,908||7,704|
|Total gross square feet growth||3.1%||7.3%||5.4%||2.8%||2.6%||11.6%|
|Avg store gross sq ft||11,500||11,500||11,400||11,400||11,400||11,400|
|Avg store gross sq ft growth||0.1%||0.2%||0.1%||0.1%||-0.0%||1.2%|
Notes:Excludes ~350-400 temporary Halloween City stores open during September and October of each year, and 208 franchised stores as of the end of 2014