USPA Global Licensing, the official licensing arm and national broadcaster of the United States Polo Association (USPA), announced that U.S. Polo Assn. has surpassed a major milestone by opening approximately 1,050 monobrand retail stores globally.
Additionally, the $1.6B sport-inspired global lifestyle brand shared that U.S. Polo Assn. has continued its aggressive international expansion efforts and is now represented in 166 countries worldwide while delivering strong double-digit growth in 2018.
The growth in stores is happening across all regions of the world and includes recent new store openings in high-profile areas such as Boston’s iconic Faneuil Hall, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, Tocuman International Airport in Panama City, Xianyang Kaihuang Plaza in China and 1000 Foot Road in Bangalore, India.
U.S. Polo Assn. will add roughly 100 retail stores in 2018, alone, and has an aggressive target of exceeding 1,300 stores globally over the next several years. Key regions such as India, China, Turkey, Middle East, and Eastern Europe will drive a significant portion of this growth while more mature markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Latin America will continue to add doors as well.
“While many brands have been closing stores, or even going out of business, U.S. Polo Assn. has been on an aggressive expansion effort as we believe the greatest consumer experience still lies within the retail store environment,” said J. Michael Prince, President & CEO of USPAGL.
Furthermore, approximately 90 percent of U.S. Polo Assn.’s global retail stores represent in-line doors while only 10 percent are in outlet locations, representing a much lower percentage of outlets when compared to other multi-billion-dollar brands.
As the official brand of the USPA, U.S. Polo Assn. epitomizes classic, American style via an authentic connection to the sport of polo.
The U.S. Polo Assn. stores offer a broad assortment of seasonal collections for men, women, and kids ranging from the classic polo shirt to specialized denim to footwear, bags, and accessories.
In 2019, U.S. Polo Assn. will also launch a new “high energy” store concept in several regions that will showcase amazing products while engaging consumers in the sport of polo in a new and more meaningful way.
David Cummings, Chairman of USPAGL said, “It has been very exciting and rewarding to be a part of the growth and transformation of U.S. Polo Assn. over the past decade where we have grown our retail stores from less than 100 to well over 1,000 stores globally. We look forward to continuing our growth agenda and retail expansion plans around the world.”
U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States founded in 1890, making it one of the oldest sports governing bodies.