Athleta women’s fitness apparel store opens in Park Ridge – Chicago Tribune

An Athleta store opens at the former location of Five Guys, a hamburger restaurant, at 25 S. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge.

Jaqueline Matthews, executive director of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, said it’s good to have a mix of businesses and small businesses in the central Uptown neighborhood of Park Ridge.

The store has its grand opening on Sunday, according to Klare Williamson of Athletica. Prior to its opening, the brand participated in the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Wine Walk event on May 1.

Athlete, a B Corporation, is an athletic and lifestyle apparel brand for women and girls. The company started in 1998, was acquired by Gap Inc. in 2008 and more recently expanded to a global market.

According to Williamson, Athletica’s goal by 2023 is to reach $2 billion in net sales.

Williamson said customers can expect the Park Ridge store to include 3,000 square feet showcasing the brand’s women’s products, including their Athleta Girl collection launched in 2016. Customers can order in-store, buy in online, pick up in store and get changes. The store will employ approximately 20 to 30 people.

Williamson said Athletica’s products are for activity, a day at work and in between.

“Park Ridge is an amazing community…making it a natural fit for our new store,” Williamson said. “From parks to bike paths, we can’t wait to get out and explore!”

Matthews said the store would find a market in Park Ridge.

“We have people who are very dedicated to their health and wellness, we have many successful health and wellness organizations in Park Ridge…we’re a great environment,” Matthews said. “We have an incredible park district that contributes to the health and well-being of our people, our community. And so I think it’s a wonderful improvement to have a company like Athleta in Park Ridge.

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