Things are popping at L.L.Bean. The Maine retailer will open three kiosk shops this fall, including the first one intended to operate year round.
That 150-square-foot kiosk, which will wrap around a column at the Shops at Prudential Center, enables the company to have a presence near a major pedestrian and transportation hub in downtown Boston where operating a full-sized store would be prohibitively expensive. L.L.Bean’s closest stores are located outside the city in Burlington, Dedham and Mansfield.
The kiosk, which will carry an assortment of boots, outerwear and accessories, will be the first permanent, or year-round, kiosk shop operated by the company, according to L.L.Bean Spokesman Mac McKeever.
“Other pop-up shops we operate include the one at the Natick Mall, as well as one in Delaware at the Christiana Mall, both of which are open from mid-summer, through the holidays,” said McKeever. “We are also opening a pop-up shop in mid-October at the Smith Haven Mall in Long Island, in anticipation of a larger, permanent 16,000-square-foot store we’ll be opening in that mall in the spring of 2017. In Columbia Maryland, we are also opening a holiday pop-up shop in mid-October that will be open through the holidays.”
In March, 2015, L.L.Bean announced plans to triple its U.S. store count to 100 by 2020. It has since opened its first stores in Ohio, Kansas, and Wisconsin.