In 1983, Marvin and Helene Gralnick began selling Mexican folk art and cotton sweaters in a small store on Sanibel Island, Florida. Their exceptional service and one-of-a-kind styles connected with customers in a unique way - and Chico's was born. The Company is a specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 1,063 women's specialty stores, including stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma Intimates names. The Company has 614 Chico's front-line stores, 38 Chico's outlet stores, 321 White House Black Market front-line stores, 19 White House Black Market outlet stores, 70 Soma Intimates front-line stores and 1 Soma Intimates outlet store.