As of Oct 28, 2017, the company operated 1,058 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, China and Hong Kong comprised of 943 American Eagle stores(AEO), 110 aerie stand-alone stores, 4 Tailgate Clothing Co. stores, and 1 Todd Snyder store, as well as 205 franchised stores in 24 countries.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 29 stores and closed 26 stores. During the first nine months of fiscal 2017, the company opened 26 stores and closed 18 stores. In fiscal 2017, the company expects to open 15 to 20 new AEO stores and 15 aerie stores, to close approximately 15 to 20 AEO stores and 8 to 10 aerie stores, and to opened 30 new licensed stores internationally.

All stores are leased. Store leases generally have initial terms of 10 years and some contain early termination options, which can be exercised under specific conditions.

Stores are primarily located in enclosed regional malls, as well as urban areas and lifestyle centers. AEO brand stores average approximately 6,600 gross square feet and 4,600 selling square feet, but are selectively enlarged during the remodeling process in certain markets. The flagship store in the Times Square area of New York is 25,000 square feet. Aerie brand stores average approximately 3,800 gross square feet and approximately 3,000 on a selling square foot basis.

Store growth0.6%0.3%-0.9%-0.9%2.1%-2.3%
Total gross square feet (M)6,6416,6196,6016,6136,5036,203
Total gross square feet growth0.0%0.3%-0.2%1.7%4.8%-1.4%
Avg store gross sq ft6,3006,3006,3006,3006,1005,900
Avg store gross sq ft growth-0.5%-0.0%0.8%2.6%2.7%1.0%