American Eagle Outfitters® (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle® and Aerie® brands.
The company operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong, and ships to 81 countries worldwide through its websites. American Eagle and Aerie merchandise also is available at more than 200 international locations operated by licensees in 25 countries.
It all started in 1977…
First AEO store opens in Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi, Michigan.
Silverman’s Menswear becomes part of the newly formed Retail Ventures Inc., which includes the American Eagle brand.
Schottenstein Stores Corp. purchases the company and begins the first year of AE private label products including men’s bootcut and worker jeans.
AEO goes public with its initial offering of 2.3 million shares on NASDAQ under “AEOS” symbol.
AE introduces signature denim, offering a fit for everyone.
AE enters the digital age with its launch of ae.com.
AE becomes the official outfitter of Dawson’s Creek (the hottest TV show of the late nineties).
AEO opens its first stores outside the U.S. and enters the Canadian market.
AEO opens its New York Design Center in Manhattan.
Aerie launches nationwide.
AEO begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “AEO”.
AEO moves to its new corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.
AE’s Times Square flagship store opens with four levels of shopping.
AE launches its mobile app.
AEO hosts it first Community Day in which corporate associates volunteer and give back to the community.
AE opens its first store in Mexico City.
#AerieREAL campaign launches.
Hazleton, PA Distribution Center opens—AEO’s first LEED certified building.
Todd Snyder and Tailgate join the AEO brand portfolio.
AEO Inc. celebrates 40 Years.
Aerie reaches $500 million in sales.
AE surpasses $1 billion in jean sales.
Aerie celebrates 10 years with Bright Pink
The AE Pride Campaign raises more than $1.2 million for the It Gets Better Project
AEO marks 25 years as a public company