As of Jul 29, 2017, Express operated 503 primarily mall-based retail stores and 132 factory outlet stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as 18 franchised stores in the Middle East, Latin America and South Africa.

In 2016, the company opened 22 new outlet stores, 1 retail store and closed 28 domestic retail stores. During the first half of 2017, the company opened 9 outlet stores, converted 19 retail stores to outlet stores, and closed 30 retail stores, including all stores in Canada. In fiscal 2017, the company plans to open 19 outlet stores and to close 30 retail stores, of which 20 will be converted to outlet locations.

All stores are leased, are located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers and street locations, and average approximately 8,400 gross square feet. Leases are typically for initial terms of 10 years, with options to renew for additional multi-year periods thereafter, and some have early termination clauses.

TTM20162015201420132012
Stores635656670641632625
Store growth-2.0%-2.1%4.5%1.4%1.1%2.6%
Total gross square feet (M)5,4415,6625,6405,6195,4985,423
Total gross square feet growth-2.7%0.4%0.4%2.2%1.4%3.0%
Avg store gross sq ft8,6008,6008,4008,8008,7008,700
Avg store gross sq ft growth-0.7%2.5%-4.0%0.8%0.3%0.3%