Catherine’s offers plus size clothing at moderate prices in various U.S. retail locations and from its online and print catalog. Its styles focus on classic lines for both casual and career clothing needs of plus size women. Catherines Stores Corporation owns in excess of 400 stores in the United States in all but 6 of the contiguous states. Not only does the Catherine’s line of plus size clothing provide fashionable items in sizes 16 to 24, but it also offers petite lengths as well in sizes up to 26.
Catherine’s clothing for women struggling with obesity began in Memphis Tennessee in 1960. This single store was owned by Catherine Weaver, who struggled with obesity herself. As her concept showed a profit she opened numerous stores throughout the Southeastern part of the United States. Investors purchased Catherine’s shortly afterwards, calling the retail locations Stout Shoppes. Catherine’s Inc. debuted at the same time.
By 1980 this plus size clothing manufacturer had a grand opening for its 100th store. In 1991 the firm went public as Catherines Stores Corporation. In 2000 Catherines became part of Charming Shoppes Inc.
Catherines Stores Corporation is a plus size clothing company that takes pride in saying it is for women and managed by women. It is noted for its superb customer service and its comfy retail environment.
Just this June the first Catherine’s outlet store for plus size clothing opened in the Franklin Mills outlet center in Philadelphia. One week later three additional Catherine’s stores premiered. They are located in Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood Colorado; The Shops at Las Americas in San Ysidro California and Gurnee Mills outlet mall in Gurnee Mills Illinois.