NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today announced the opening of the Company's first store in Ireland. Through a licensing agreement with Shuz 4 U International Ltd., Aeropostale will celebrate its first store opening in Ireland at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin on October 22, 2015.
Julian R. Geiger, Chief Executive Officer of Aeropostale, Inc. said, "We look forward to bringing the Aeropostale brand to Western Europe for the first time through our partnership with Shuz 4 U International Ltd." Mr. Geiger continued, "By partnering with such a strong and established licensee, we are confident that the recognition and popularity of the Aeropostale brand will continue to grow across Europe."
Through its partnership with Shuz 4 U International Ltd., Aeropostale expects to open ten standalone locations over the next five years.
Paul Gallagher, Director of Shuz 4 U International Ltd., said: "We are absolutely thrilled to bring the iconic, teen New York brand Aeropostale to Ireland. Aeropostale's first Western European location will be a 4,000 square foot store located in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, one of Ireland's largest shopping and leisure destinations."
About Aeropostale, Inc.
Aeropostale, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aeropostale stores and website. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in an exciting and customer friendly store environment. Aeropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores. Aeropostale products can be purchased in Aeropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale stores, in certain Aeropostale stores and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 758 Aeropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 41 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 25 P.S. from Aeropostale® stores in 12 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, the Company's licensees currently operate 297 Aeropostale® and P.S. from Aeropostale® locations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Since November 2012, Aeropostale, Inc. has operated GoJane.com, an online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer. GoJane products can be purchased online at www.gojane.com.
About Shuz 4 U International Ltd.
Shuz 4 U International Ltd. is part of the Shuz Group, the company behind Skechers Retail Stores Ireland. The company recently celebrated its 5th anniversary since the opening of its first store on Henry Street, Dublin in October 2010 and also the opening of the 12th store in Donegall Place, Belfast. The company is also Skechers' current International Franchise Of The Year. The headquarters and warehouse are located in Cork and a second warehouse/distribution point recently opened in Dublin. There are over 200 employees across administration, warehousing and at retail level.
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