Children’s Orchard plans more area stores

Children’s Orchard plans to open seven locations in the Milwaukee area.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Children’s Orchard, a chain of stores that sell used and new children’s clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, books and accessories, plans to open seven locations in the Milwaukee area. Children’s Orchard currently has a store at 11110 W. National Ave. in West Allis, and has 75 locations nationwide.

"The demographics and consumer lifestyle in communities like Racine, Mequon, Glendale, Waukesha and New Berlin meet Children’s Orchard’s expansion model and criteria," said Children’s Orchard president and chief executive officer Taylor Bond. "We are excited to introduce local parents to an entirely new and exciting type of shopping experience – an upscale boutique environment offering gently used name-brand children’s items."

The struggling economy has helped Children’s Orchard because more consumers are looking for bargains. "We’re doing well," Bond said. "This economy is good for us. Second quarter sales are up 7- to 8 percent for year, a nice bump when you look at rest of world. For the third quarter our stores are packed with good inventory. We should have good back to school season."

"But a lot of our popularity is not just because of the economy, we’re very green in what we do," Bond said. "We’re recycling. Since 1980, we have resold or donated more than 100 million pieces of kids clothing. Our customers, moms, love what we do. Not only do great bargains, also doing good things for the store and doing good things for planet."

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