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A new Miami flagship, in 38 seconds

One of the top retail meccas in the country – Miami’s Lincoln Road – is getting a full dose of Gap Inc.

Recently, we opened a 19,000-square-foot Gap store, our newest flagship, with Athleta and Intermix alongside it. About a block away, we have an existing Banana Republic store inside an historic bank structure.

It means we will have our corporate portfolio well-represented in this popular region, which teems with shoppers and international tourists.

Built from the ground up, the Gap store was designed by the award-winning Miami-based Touzet Studio and the building sits among the historic structures along the length of the Lincoln Road promenade.

We are excited about being the first retailer to deliver a new iconic structure in this area and to have the opportunity to not only imagine, but go all the way and build, what modern Miami Beach looks like.

As a result of a partnership with local civic leaders, we will be delivering a piece of architecture that respects forms of the past, absorbs the light and materials of Miami Beach itself, and is oriented to hold hands nicely with the future of the district.

During a grand opening event, beautiful South Beach-themed images captured by four of the city’s most influential Instagrammers were projected on the exterior façade of the store building.

This embodies in-demand, urban space, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a strong presence here.


Camp Old Navy, Boys & Girls Clubs partner

Old Navy is putting the future first.

For the last 15 years, Camp Old Navy has invested in summer programs for underserved youth, helping them get ready for the school year and giving them their first job experience in Old Navy stores.

As part of this year’s program, Camp Old Navy is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to support young people in communities across the nation.

“Our ongoing partnership with (programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs) underscores our strong belief that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed, whatever their circumstance may be,” said Ivan Wicksteed, CMO of Old Navy. “We are very proud of the work that we have done together over the years.”

But it’s not just about money. Beyond a donation drive, North American Old Navy employees are doing more by volunteering with local Boys & Girls Clubs locations, providing fun summer education opportunities and “job shadow” days. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of retail and a chance to build skills for that first job.

“We are grateful for Old Navy’s partnership on Camp Old Navy,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA, “and their continued commitment to supporting successful futures for young people.”


Old Navy Japan brings beach culture to Tokyo

Sharing American beach culture never tasted so good.

Old Navy Japan kicked off July by embracing all-things American with the opening of the Old Navy Beach House, a California-style beach house in Shonan beach, the coolest resort-style beach near Tokyo.

The beach house is partnering with a locally famous café and features decidedly American beach grub including Old Navy BBQ, burgers, brats and beer. Customers are also gobbling up Old Navy flip-flops, logo tees and lining up to take photos with the giant flip flop.

It’s just one way our Japan team is getting innovative with its California roots!


Our lucky 88th store in China

By Mia Kuo, Gap Inc. blogger

Eight is a lucky number for Chinese people because its pronunciation in Mandarin sounds like “fortune” and “getting rich.”

Therefore, number 88 is even luckier, as it means double the fortune, double the luck. In June, our 88th store in China opened in Wuxi, a city near Shanghai. This new store represents a key moment for Gap Inc.'s rapid China expansion (83 of the 88 stores opened in 3 ½ years!) and the company’s overall global growth.

Mars Zhu, Manager of Store Growth, was among the first group of store leaders to launch Gap China in 2010. He said: “I am lucky to witness Gap Inc.'s business growing from four stores in November 2010 to 88 stores now. When I look back, it seems to be yesterday that I worked in the first store - in the Venture Tech building. I still remember the opening party, the crowd, and the excitement. I am very proud of the company and grateful for having the opportunity to grow with the company."

We have opened two more stores since this milestone (one Gap and one Old Navy) in the same city – Wuxi, bringing our total count to 90. This is our third Old Navy in China (we opened our first, in Shanghai, in March.) 

Up next: We plan to open more than 20 Gap stores and two more Old Navy stores in China to bring the total store count across brands to about 110 by end of 2014. The next one will be in Taiwan, a new market we entered in March.


Where you work is as important as the money you make

When Vanity Fair asked to photograph employees benefitting from Gap Inc.’s U.S. minimum hourly rate increase, they had a vision – everyone wearing iconic looks from Gap Inc. brands. White oxfords, white dresses, white tees.

Because the first rate increase is going into paychecks this month, we thought it would be cool for everyone to rock this iconic look across our company. If you saw employees in our stores wearing white over the weekend, this is why.

In that spirit, managers from our Roseville, CA stores talked last week about what this rate increase means for them, their employees, and their families. Here’s what they had to say.

On the increase:

“After learning about the increase, one employee said ‘This is going to change my life.’ We took a minute to explain why we’re doing this. We said, ‘Your job isn’t easy – it’s a lot more than folding clothes, and it’s a lot more than running a cash wrap. You’re bringing your passion and your energy, and we want to appreciate you for that.’” – Nick Giroux, general manager, Old Navy

On recruiting great talent:

“In our last group interview, we had six people, and we hired four. I think that has a lot to do with the company. I would say that the quality of candidates is so much better. We are all fighting for the same candidates; it’s going to be so great for us.” – Lesley Key, general manager, Banana Republic

On employee volunteering:

“We have Camp Old Navy every year, where we partner with the Boys & Girls Club. We do mock interviews with them, and put them in sales situations. It’s a great opportunity for a lot of young people. Last year, we had one young girl who seemed uncomfortable and must have felt like she didn’t fit in -- until one of the other employees came in and was able to relate to her. This young girl just locked onto our employee, and became more comfortable. We got a call later from the Boys & Girls Club saying, ‘Thank you for showing this girl that there’s a place for a kid like her.’” – Nick Giroux, manager, Old Navy

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