As of Aug 4, 2018, DSW operated a total of 517 stores located in 43 states in the US and 178 stores in Canada.

The company opened 11 net new stores in fiscal 2011. During the first half of fiscal 2018, the company opened 5 net new stores and acquired 178 stores in Canada in which the company formerly had a minority interest. DSW plans to open approximately 3 to 6 net DSW stores in fiscal 2018.

All stores are leased, with most providing for a minimum annual rent plus a percentage of gross sales over specified breakpoints, and are for a fixed term with options for 2 to 5 extension periods, each of which is for a period of 4 or 5 years, exercisable at the company's option.

Stores average approximately 20,500 square feet, while small-format stores average approximately 12,000 sq ft. New store openings will focus on power strip centers, but the company also considers regional malls, lifestyle centers and urban street locations.

Store growth36.3%2.2%7.1%8.6%9.4%8.2%
Total gross square feet (M)11,79610,48510,3369,8059,2778,687
Total gross square feet growth12.5%1.4%5.4%5.7%6.8%7.0%
Avg store gross sq ft17,00020,50020,60021,00021,50022,000
Avg store gross sq ft growth-17.4%-0.7%-1.5%-2.7%-2.4%-1.2%