Columbia Sportswear To Open in Mall of America

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. and PORTLAND, Ore., July 23 /PRNewswire/ — Mall of
America(R) the country’s largest retail and entertainment complex announced
today that Columbia Sportswear Company (Nasdaq: COLM), a global leader in
the active outdoor apparel and footwear industries, and manufacturer of Convert snowboarding outerwear plans to open a Columbia-branded store later this year.

“We are very excited to welcome Columbia Sportswear to Mall of
America,” said Maureen Bausch, executive vice president, Mall of America.
“Our goal has always been to create the finest shopping experience possible
for our guests. For the past 16 years we have worked hard to bring top
brands and retailers to MOA. Columbia Sportswear not only brings a well
respected brand but it also creates a new shopping experience. We expect
Columbia’s strong reputation as an innovator for outdoor enthusiasts to
make this store a destination for our more than 40 million annual

“Columbia Sportswear is thrilled about the prospect of showcasing the
breadth and depth of our authentic, active, outdoor products in this
premier retail space at Mall of America,” said Tim Boyle, president and
chief executive officer, Columbia Sportswear Company. “Mall of America not
only offers our new branded store the chance to tap into a wealth of
shopping experiences and millions of visitors each year, but its location
in an outdoors-oriented region like Minnesota plays directly to Columbia’s
strengths in providing consumers with a range of apparel and footwear that
allows them to enjoy the outdoors longer and more comfortably, whatever the
season and whatever the weather.”

Visitors to the new Columbia Sportswear store at Mall of America can
expect to experience the Columbia line of sportswear in an exciting
setting. The new store will boast more than 16,000 square feet and will
feature Columbia apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, along with
its Sorel(R) brand winter footwear. The Columbia retail environment will
offer the consumer a sense of outdoor adventure through the use of
material, architectural design, color, technical and inspirational imagery,
media and illumination. Regional architectural styles and materials will
form the holistic Columbia experience.

Columbia Sportswear Company currently operates one Columbia store in
Portland, Oregon, and has announced plans to open stores in Seattle and
Chicago. The company’s planned network of branded stores will enable
consumers to experience Columbia’s innovative outdoor products merchandised
under one roof in greater breadth and depth than is possible at any of the
company’s wholesale customers’ stores.

About Mall of America

Mall of America is the nation’s largest retail and entertainment
complex. The 4.2 million square foot complex is home to more than 520
world-class shops; Nickelodeon Universe(R) the nation’s largest indoor
family amusement park; Underwater Adventures Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon
walk-through aquarium and more. The Mall opened in August 1992 and is
located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and
St. Paul. For more information on Mall of America visit

About Columbia Sportswear Company

Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company is a
global leader in the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of active
outdoor apparel and footwear. As one of the largest outerwear manufacturers
in the world and a leading seller of skiwear in the United States, the
company has developed an international reputation for quality, performance,
functionality and value. The company manages a portfolio of outdoor brands
including Columbia Sportswear, Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Pacific Trail,
and Sorel. To learn more about Columbia, please visit the company’s website