| Fashion |

L.L. Bean Putting Boots on the Ground on Lone Tree

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

L.L Bean will open its 22nd American retail store outside of Maine at Park Meadows Shopping Center (in the former home of Grand Lux Cafe) on Friday, November 21. The company was founded by avid outdoorsman Leon Leonwood ("L.L."), who in 1912 returned home from a hunting trip with cold, damp feet and a new idea for boots.

See also: On Trend: Waiting for Alexander Wang at H&M

L.L. Bean has planned a three-day, grand-opening celebration that will run through Sunday; events will include giveaways, seminars, a variety of family activities, and the L.L.Bean's famous Bootmobile. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Friday, and the first 200 customers will get free gift cards worth up to $500.

"Our westernmost store is going to give folks in the Denver area and beyond, many of whom are only familiar with us through our catalog and website, the ability to touch, see and feel the true essence of our brand in person, just in time for the holiday season," says Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. During the grand opening, L.L.Bean will also announce a donation of $15,000 to Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK); L.L. Bean will also establish an ELK scholarship to get more Denver-area kids engaged in outdoor recreation.

And in the meantime, we did our own scholarly research into the store. Here are ten things we didn't know about L.L. Bean!

1) The Field Coat and Chamois Shirt are the most recognized items around the world.

2) Baseball legend Ted Williams once tried to buy L.L.Bean.

3) Since the mid-'50s, the Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine has been open 24/7 365 days a year; there are no locks on the doors.

4) Over the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship.

5) Last year over 100,000 people participated in L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery Schools.

6) L.L.Bean is still family-owned and -operated.

7) L.L.Bean has 19 stores in Japan and 53 stores in China.

8) In 2009, Internet orders surpassed catalog orders for the first time

9) The Park Meadows store will be LEED Certified

10) In 2013, L.L. Bean's annual net sales were $1.56 billion.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.