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Chico's FAS Announces First International Expansion White House Black Market To Enter Canada

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. announces the company's international expansion with White House Black Market's (WH|BM) first Canadian boutique opening at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto on October 24th.  The women's retailer will open its second international location at Square One, Mississauga on October 29th, followed by Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket on November 12 th. Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Square One are owned by Oxford Properties Group and Alberta Investment Management Corporation ( AIMCo).Upper Canada Mall is owned by Oxford Properties Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

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The White House Black Market brand, which began operations in 1985, sells exclusively designed, private branded clothing for women offering a uniquely feminine and affordable alternative to designer fashion. WH|BM offers fashionable and sophisticated clothing and accessory items, from everyday basics, to wear-to-work, to elegant fashion, primarily in black and white and related shades with seasonal color splashes.  White House Black Market was was acquired by Chico's FAS, Inc. in 2003.

In addition to the amazing seasonal fashion collections at White House Black Market, the brand is also home to many signature collections that offer women everyday wardrobe solutions.  Instantly Slimming™ collection smooths, slims and shapes your silhouette by simply putting it on.  The Perfect Form™ collection features an exclusive ultra-comfortable fabric with stretch that fits any body.  The WORKKIT™ collection offers 'Wear What Works' wardrobe options that are fashionably appropriate for any work environment.  And WH|BM also offers a wide range of dresses for every occasion.

 "We could not be more thrilled to open our first international location in the greater Toronto area," said Donna Noce, White House Black Market, Brand President.  "As White House Black Market grows in Canada, we look forward to making the women of Canada Feel Beautiful."

"We believe Canada is a great first foray into the international arena for Chico's FAS, as it represents a natural extension of our brands," says David Dyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chico's FAS, Inc.  "From our robust customer file, we already know that there are a significant number of Chico's FAS customers in Canada."

The store front design at Yorkdale Shopping Centre will include a unique mix of design elements and materials including white Carrara marble, polished chrome, black lacquer panels, striped fabric awnings, and an oversized cut-crystal chandelier. 

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