Catherines Plus Sizes
With more than 450 stores nationwide, their
Catherines brand is a leading plus size specialty retailer
targeting women age 45+. Catherines offers classic and
current plus size fashion and accessories for career and
casual lifestyles in sizes 0X–5X. Their customers can shop
Catherines on the Web at catherines.com
is part of Charming Shoppes Inc.
Charming Shoppes, Inc.
is a leading multi-brand specialty apparel retailer
primarily focused on plus-size women's apparel. They are
the parent company of three distinct store brands –
Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherines Plus Sizes.
Their Vision is to be the company known for celebrating the
lives and fashion image of women wearing plus sizes. Their
continuing Mission is to serve the lifestyle apparel needs
of women wearing plus sizes with the very best service,
fashion selection, value and fit.
Learn more at
Catherines Plus Size.
Learn more about
Charming Shoppes here on Apparel Search.
Here is a brief history of
Catherines. This is merely a small portion of their
The Catherines business originated in Memphis in 1960, with
a single store owned by Catherine Weaver, whose goal was to
bring style to the plus-size market. As the concept became
successful, more stores opened throughout the South. In
1960, a group of investors bought the chain, then called
Catherines Stout Shoppes, and formed Catherines, Inc.
Growth continued, and by 1980 the company opened its 100th
store. A new store, PS…Plus Sizes, Plus Savings, debuted in
Catherines, Inc. went public in July 1991, and became
Catherines Stores Corporation. Catherines Stores Corporation
acquired Virginia Specialty Stores, the operators of Added
Dimensions and The Answer, in 1992, and became the
third-largest specialty plus-size women's retailer in the
country with more than 300 stores.
On January 7, Charming Shoppes, Inc. acquired Catherines
In March, Catherines became Charming Shoppes' first online
retailer, launching e-commerce at catherines.com. Also in
2002, the Company announced the closing of the Added
Dimensions and The Answer chains. Catherines had operated
these 77 plus-size stores in 23 states, concentrated in the
Southeast and the Northeast. By midyear, these stores were
closed or converted to Catherines Plus Sizes stores.
Catherines relocates its brand home offices to Bensalem,
Learn more about
Charming Shoppes Inc. at their website.