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Governor Celebrates L.L. Bean’s Newest Store

September 12, 2009

FREEPORT – Governor John E. Baldacci today joined L.L. Bean officials, employees and the public for the ribbon cutting of the L.L. Bean Home Store. Incorporating representation from the nonprofit organizations Habitat for Humanity and Florence House in the grand opening, the celebration also served as a way for L.L. Bean to highlight housing needs across the State.

“Ask about L.L. Bean anywhere around the world two words are repeated: quality and customer service. That starts with every employee and goes right up to the top of the company,” said the Governor. “L.L. Bean is committed to Maine and understands the character of our State. The company is an example of what it means to be a good corporate citizen.”

The Governor said that the company’s support for Florence House in Portland shows its dedication to the State. Florence House is a new women’s center that provides comprehensive housing and other support services to chronically homeless women.

The Governor specifically recognized Leon Gorman, chairman of the company’s board of directors, Lisa Gorman, and Chris McCormick, the company’s president and CEO, for their commitment to community service and to Maine.

Governor Baldacci said that L.L. Bean’s expansion is significant to the State.

“The key ingredient to L.L. Bean’s worldwide success is found in the fact that the company has retained the principles on which it was founded,” said the Governor. “During these challenging economic times, it’s encouraging to see that the company is growing.”

Customers began lining up for the 9 a.m. Saturday grand opening of the store the night before.

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