L.L. Bean

LL Bean Inks First Wholesaler Partnerships In US

Jul 17, 2020
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FREEPORT, Maine — L.L. Bean is expanding direct-to-customer catalog and in-store sales with an agreement to sell products in Nordstrom, Staples and sporting goods chain SCHEELS.

Freeport-based L.L. Bean says it plans to layoff 200 employees company-wide by the end of February. 

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LL Bean is set to expand its headquarters in Freeport.

FREEPORT, Maine - L.L. Bean is poised to open its first store in Canada. The Maine-based retailer announced Thursday that the 13,000-square-foot store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto.

LL Bean Awards Bonuses After Sales Grow In 2018

Mar 15, 2019

FREEPORT, Maine - L.L. Bean says sales edged upward over the past year and that's enough to restore bonuses for its 5,400 eligible workers.

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FREEPORT, Maine - L.L. Bean is backing its renewed focus on the outdoors by doubling its charitable giving and channeling all of the new dollars to outdoors-oriented nonprofits.

FREEPORT, Maine - Maine-based L.L. Bean has doubled the number of electric car charging stations, making it the largest charging station in the state.


For many in Maine, L.L.Bean is synonymous with local pride. The company has been making outdoor apparel for over one hundred years, and it has become famous both for its iconic rubber boots and the extremely generous unlimited return policy.

So last week when L.L.Bean announced it would change its legendary unlimited returns policy, customers throughout New England shared their surprise, and many also shared stories of how they had used the policy themselves. 

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Did that dog bed you purchased from LL Bean five years ago get chewed by its occupant? Until today, you could just take it back and get a replacement for no charge. The company has announced that it's changing its famous unconditional return policy that has been a part of the brand since it started more than a century ago. The change comes as a response to the growing number of customers who have been taking advantage of the policy.

FREEPORT, Maine - Retailer L.L. Bean is giving $2 million to charity with a renewed focus on groups that help get kids outdoors.
The company says its Board of Directors last month approved gifts ranging from $5,000 to $412,000 to a variety of organizations engaged in conservation, outdoor recreation, health and human services, education and the arts.
Chairman Shawn Gorman says the Freeport-based company's goal is to support organizations that strengthen communities and protect the outdoors.

PORTLAND, Maine - L.L. Bean, Good To-Go and Blaze Partners are among 26 businesses getting together to create a trade alliance named Maine Outdoors Brands.
The group will formally introduce itself at a news conference on Monday.
The group sees value in leveraging what Maine's best known for -the outdoors - to create a business climate that promotes outdoor product brands and the younger workforce they attract.
Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais is among those attending the event on Monday.

NEW YORK - If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors.
The company took its mission to get people outside to a new level Friday by publishing an ad in The New York Times in ink that can only be seen when the newspaper is taken outside and exposed to sunlight.
The advertising insert features L.L. Bean's new "manifesto'' that reiterates its commitment to the outdoors and underscores the Freeport, Maine-based company's willingness to try new things to get shoppers' attention.

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In order to meet demand for it’s iconic rubber-sole boots, Maine-based L.L.Bean has opened a new, larger facility in Lewiston.

The company says this new operation will give it the equipment and employment capacity it needs. L.L.Bean spokesman Mac McKeever says the company now has three molding machines to make the rubber bottoms: two in Lewiston and one in Brunswick.

“We sold over 600,000 pairs last year. This year we’re looking to produce over 750,000, and by 2018 we hope to make over a million,” he says.

FREEPORT, Maine - Outdoors retailer L.L. Bean says a systems upgrade is causing shipping delays.
The Portland Press Herald reports that some customer orders have delays up to a week. The Maine-based company says the delays were caused by an upgrade to the retailer's order-processing and fulfillment systems.
L.L. Bean has apologized to customers in a letter and is offering a 20 percent discount on future orders.

FREEPORT, Maine - Clothing and outdoors gear retailer L.L. Bean says its annual net sales in fiscal 2016 were about level with the previous year at $1.6 billion.
The company says the L.L. Bean family and board of directors approved a 3 percent cash performance bonus to its approximately 6,000 workers.
 A company spokeswoman says L.L. Bean's performance was about in line with the retail industry at large.