New Era to open Chicago flagship

Buffalo, N.Y. -- New Era announced it will open its 10th flagship, in the heart of downtown Chicago. The two-level, 4,500-sq.-ft. store, New Era's largest location to date, will sell licensed and New Era branded headwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. The brand is best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball.

This is New Era's first owned and operated retail presence in the Midwest. Chicago will serve as a test market for new retail formats the brand is rolling out. Following the large-scale flagship, the brand will open numerous locations comprised of smaller company stores and outlets throughout the greater Chicagoland area though 2013.

"The blend of sport culture, art and fashion in Chicago offers New Era a perfect testing ground for new retail formats. Our extended presence in the market offers us several major touch points to connect to our evolving consumer base," said Cal Lawson, director of retail operations.