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Ross Stores on Track to Open 90 Locations This Year

Despite a less-than-stellar first quarter, Ross Stores is intent on growing its retail presence in the United States.

The off-price apparel company opened 24 Ross Dress for Less and seven DD’s Discounts in 15 different states between June and July. The new stores are part of the retailer’s 2016 expansion plans to add a total of 90 locations (70 Ross and 20 DD’s Discounts) throughout the year.

The summer store openings follow the company’s first expansion round earlier this year. According to a press statement, Ross Stores opened 22 Ross and six DD’s Discounts locations in February and March. Ross Stores is currently the largest off-price apparel chain in the U.S., with more than 1,295 locations across 34 states.

“These recent openings reflect our ongoing strategy to expand our store base across both new and existing markets. The 31 new locations include the addition of 10 stores in our newer Midwest market, with four of those locations in our newest state of Wisconsin,” Ross Stores chief executive officer Jim Fassio said. “Over the longer-term, we continue to see expansion opportunities across all of our markets, and remain confident in our ability to grow to 2,000 Ross Dress for Less and 500 DD’s Discounts locations over time.”