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SOUTH BARRINGTON, ILL. — L.L. Bean is expanding outside of the Northeast for the first time with a 30,000-square-foot location within The Arboretum of South Barrington, a 600,000-square-foot, open-air lifestyle center located in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington. The project is being developed by The Jaffe Companies. The L.L. Bean store is currently under construction, with completion set to coincide with the completion of the retail center in September. L.L Bean is seeking LEED certification, and will incorporate the use of recycled and reclaimed materials in the construction of the building, as well as use energy-efficient climate control and lighting systems. L.L. Bean plans to open 32 stores nationwide by 2012.

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