About Eddie Bauer

Nonagenarian Eddie Bauer is looking to the future with a focus on the past. The multichannel retailer operates some 370 stores throughout North America, as well as a catalog and website. The company sells outerwear, apparel, accessories, and gear for men and women with an outdoor lifestyle. It also licenses its brand to merchandise furniture, tools, paint, and Ford vehicles, and has stores in Japan through a joint venture. A descendant of US direct retailer Spiegel, the 90-some-year-old retailer has struggled to find its niche in the crowded apparel market. Predecessor company Eddie Bauer Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-2009 and was sold to investment firm Golden Gate Capital (GGC).

GGC, which has invested in such retailers as Express, J. Jill, and Zales, adopted Eddie Bauer's pre-sale strategy of returning to its outdoor roots to reconnect with consumers. More cost-effective than opening new stores, the company has expanded its brand across the expedition category. It launched the First Ascent line of high-performance ice and snow mountaineering-gear and apparel, including parkas, backpacks, knives, and tents in fall 2009. Harking back to its namesake founder's hunting legacy, it plans to introduce in 2012 the Sport Shop, which sells men's and women's clothing and gear for hunting, fishing, and shooting. Eddie Bauer also retains its presence at the workplace with stylish casual attire, and has expanded its children's apparel offerings.

Licensing agreements for the Eddie Bauer brand provide another growing revenue stream as well as broader distribution for the outdoor outfitter. In 2011 it inked a multi-year licensing agreement with Tandy Brands to use the Eddie Bauer name on tools, and other personal accessories. In addition to supplying Eddie Bauer's stores, catalog, and website business, Tandy sells to other national retail and department outlets. Eddie Bauer's other licensing agreements include Dorel (children's car seats), Valspar (paint) and tea (by Tazo Tea Company, owned by Starbucks).

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Rich in history but high in turnover.
Assistant Manager/Operations Manager, Leesburg, VA - February 3, 2015
I enjoyed working at EB for the most part. When I first started working there, they were all about having fun while selling. But they later had a change over in management, and decided to press the associates for goals. Some of the stores would go for periods with no store managers or would go through multiple ones in a year.
My co-manager and I had to do the work of 5 supervisory roles with the 2 of us and a key holder for the majority of a year. But we sure did it.
And I loved working with regular customers, teaching associates how to sell and meet goals.
Plus, EB has a long and awesome history.

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Jobs in Bellevue, WA

  • Trim Manager

    Bellevue, WA
    Eddie Bauer offers signature outerwear, apparel, outdoor gear, and accessories. Actively research and stay on top of trends to ensure Eddie Bauer is at the...
  • Director of Store Operations

    Bellevue, WA
    Lead the Eddie Bauer Retail Operations team to deliver efficient retail operations. Eddie Bauer is an active, outdoor brand that combines over nine decades of...
  • Human Resources Generalist

    Bellevue, WA
    You will be a consultant and thought-partner to associates at the Eddie Bauer Corporate Center. Develop and deliver Eddie Bauer’s pinnacle recognition program,...
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Headquarters
10401 Ne 8th St.
Ste. 500
Bellevue WA, United States 98004
Revenue
$500M to $1B (USD)
Employees
5,001 to 10,000
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Links
Eddie Bauer website