It was 1969 when Don and Dorris Fisher opened the first Gap store in San Francisco. The same year that man took his first walk on the moon and nearly 450,000 people gathered in upstate New York to witness the historic Woodstock concert.
Today Gap Inc. is one of the world’s largest specialist retailers, with approximately 3,100 stores and revenues of some $14.2 billion. Still committed to the original and basic principle of “making it easier to find a pair of jeans”, it has gone on to become a leading international speciality retailer offering “iconic American style to customers of all ages”. In stores across the world it provides updated, casual clothing and accessories that help its customers express their own personal sense of style and, what began as one brand, has grown to include Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody.
More than simply a retailer, Gap has become a cultural icon offering clothing and accessories rooted in cool, confident and casual style to customers around the world.
Named as The American Apparel and Footwear Association’s “Retailer of Year” in 2010, what differentiates Gap from many of its competitors is not just the timeless style and appeal of its clothing but that, as a socially responsible retailer and employer, it continues to win awards for its approach to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Accolades which include Forbes.com’s “20 most responsible companies – 2010” and, for 4 years running, CRO Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens”.
Gap has over 130 stores in the UK and remains one of the country’s favourite retailers.