As of Apr 29, 2017, the company operated 1,492 retail stores and outlets in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada including 703 Chico’s stores & outlets, 496 White House | Black Market stores & outlets, and 293 Soma Intimates boutiques & outlets.
In fiscal 2016, the company opened 17 stores (4 Chico's, 4 WH|BM, and 9 Soma) and closed 34 stores (22 Chico's, 10 WH|BM, and 2 Soma). During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the comapny opened 2 stores (1 Chico's and 1 Soma) and closed 11 stores (5 Chico's, 4 WH|BM, and 2 Soma). In fiscal 2016, the company expects to open approximately 25 new stores while closing approximately 50 existing stores.
All stores are leased. Boutiques are located in upscale outdoor destination shopping areas, lifestyle specialty centers, shopping malls, and some standalone street front locations. Outlet stores are located in premium outlet centers. Overall, stores average 2,400 selling square feet with selling space representing approximately 83% of gross square footage. Approximate average store size per format is: 2,700 selling square feet for Chico's boutiques and 2,500 selling square feet for Chico's outlets, 2,300 selling square feet for WH|BM boutiques and 2,100 selling square feet for WH|BM outlets, and 1,900 selling square feet for Soma boutiques and outlets.
|Total gross square feet (M)||4,311||4,334||4,383||4,447||4,256||3,926|
|Total gross square feet growth||-1.5%||-1.1%||-1.4%||4.5%||8.4%||8.1%|
|Avg store gross sq ft||2,900||2,900||2,900||2,900||2,900||2,900|
|Avg store gross sq ft growth||0.2%||0.0%||0.5%||-0.6%||-0.1%||0.1%|
Notes:Calculated based on reported selling square footage and company-provided figures that selling space in the average store comprises approximately 83% of total square footage