August 2012 - Airport Store Grand Opening
Portland, OR (August 1, 2012) Pendleton Woolen Mills announces today the opening of its first store at the Portland International Airport on Saturday, August 4. Located near the security entrance to concourses D and E, the new store is available to the general public, as well as travelers from around the world.
This signature store represents an all-new design that showcases the company's rich heritage and deep roots in Oregon and Southwest Washington (location of its Washougal, WA mill). "We took an Industrial Chic approach to the design," says Robin Crowell, Retail Division Manager for Pendleton. "You'll see replica mill-style lighting and various elements of a working mill interior, galvanized pipe, specially designed wool fabric for fitting room curtains along with distinctive wallpaper and stained concrete floors throughout . . . all taking the sensibilities of the mill and translating it into a dynamic retail setting."
The store will have an exclusive merchandising mix to appeal to the busy traveler. Look for Menswear and Womenswear in an extensive assortment of iconic Pendleton apparel; plus a rich collection of blankets including the authentic Indian jacquard pattern Trade blankets, plaid throws, National Park blankets and Muchacho blankets. "We are also adding "gifts to go" for travelers," says Crowell. "Those include accessories, books, mugs and other gift ideas, and a special Children's section with blankets and stuffed toys. We think this mix will be perfect for the last minute gift or special souvenir of Oregon."
Beginning in September, shoppers will find The Portland Collection, a fresh perspective on Pendleton's iconic textiles as seen through the eyes of three independent and talented Portland designers. The 2011 launch of this Made in the USA collection received rave reviews with a contemporary, global audience.
In addition, the store will offer services to travelers including local tourism information on stores and Pendleton Mill Tours, plus videos of signature Oregon events. Shoppers will have access to the entire Pendleton offering available at the company's online website, from the current catalog (both Apparel and Home catalogs), and in corporate retail stores.
A grand opening celebration is planned for Thursday, Aug. 9th at 10 a.m. To mark the opening, the company will host a ribbon cutting and an American Indian blessing along with store specials throughout the grand opening weekend. The new store is managed by Nancy Hooper and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship. There have been six generations of family ownership since 1863 when a young English weaver came to Oregon. The company owns and operates some of America's oldest woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology. Inspired by its heritage, Pendleton designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, home decor and gifts. Pendleton designs are sold by select retailers throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Korea. Products are also offered in catalogs, online and in Pendleton retail and outlet stores nationally.
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