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Buckle (store)

The Buckle, Inc. is an upscale retailer selling clothing, footwear, and accessories for fashion-conscious young men and women. The Company currently operates over 450 stores in 43 states, under the names 'Buckle' and 'The Buckle'. Buckle markets a wide selection of brand names and private label casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops/shirts, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. The Company emphasizes personalized attention to its guests (customers) and provides individual customer services such as free alterations, layaways, and a frequent shopper program. [1]

The Buckle, Inc.
BKE)
Industry Retail
Founded 1948
Headquarters Kearney, Nebraska, The USA
Number of locations 452 (9/2013)[2]
Area served Domestic
Key people Daniel Hirschfeld,
Founder and Chairman
Dennis Nelson,
President and CEO
Products Clothing, footwear, accessories
Services clothing retail, free alterations, layaway, free gift wrap (physical store), get fitted appointments
Revenue Increase US$1 Billion (FY 2011)[3]
Operating income Increase US$199 Million (FY 2009)[3]
Net income Increase US$151 Million (FY 2011)[3]
Total assets Increase US$531 Million (FY 20011)[4]
Total equity Increase US$363 Million (FY 2011)[4]
Employees 8,000 + [5]
Website www.buckle.com

History

Buckle began as a men's clothing store in 1948 in New York Stock Exchange where it now trades under the symbol, BKE.

  • BKE Jeans are made in Mexico.

Buckle Executive Officers

  • Dan Hirschfeld leads the Company as Chairman of the Board, he has been with the Company since 1965.
  • Dennis Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been with the Company for over 30 years.
  • Karen Rhoads, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has been with the Company for 24 years.
  • Brett Milkie, Vice President of Leasing, has been with the Company for 19 years.
  • Kari Smith, Vice President of Sales, has been with the Company for over 30 years.
  • Patricia (Pat) Whisler, Vice President of Women's Merchandising, has been with the Company for 28 years.
  • Robert Carlberg, Vice President of Men's Merchandising, has been full-time with the merchandising team since 2001.
  • Kyle Hanson, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, has been with the Company since 1998.
  • Thomas Heacock, Treasurer and Corporate Controller, has been with the Company since 2003.

Buckle Board of Directors

  • Dan Hirschfeld has been with the Company since 1965 and leads the company as Chairman of the Board.
  • Dennis Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Buckle, Inc.
  • Karen Rhoads, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, The Buckle, Inc.
  • John Peetz, III, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Crete Carrier Corporation
  • James Shada
  • Bill Fairfield
  • Robert Campbell, President and Operating Manager, Miller & Paine, LLC
  • Bruce Hoberman, Chief Executive Officer, Proxibid, Inc.
  • Michael Huss, General Counsel, Mutual of Omaha Bank and Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Mutual of Omaha Companies

2012 Highlights

  • Opened 10 new stores and completed 21 full remodels and 20 smaller remodeling projects; to end the fiscal year with 440 stores in 43 states.
  • Net sales increased 5.7% to $1.124 billion.
  • Average sales per square foot increased from $462 in 2011 to $475 in 2012.
  • Total denim sales increased for the 13th consecutive year, reaching over five million pairs of jeans sold.
  • Improved merchandise margins for the 11th consecutive year and achieved gross margins of 44.4%, as a percentage of net sales in fiscal 2012.

Merchandise

Buckle markets a wide selection of brand names and private label casual clothing, including denims, other casual bottoms, fashion tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear.

The main women's and men's brands found at Buckle are BKE, Miss Me and Rock Revival. These jeans typically have intricate multicolored stitching and/or rhinestones on the back pockets. The stitching on these jeans is thicker than that on a pair of plain jeans.

Screen Printing Service

Buckle screen printing is a full-service solution offering a selection of promotional merchandise to outside athletic teams, organizations, clubs and individuals.

References


Sources

  • Buckle 2012 Annual Report
  • Buckle Corporate Website
  • Buckle Corporate Office, Lydia Pierson and Callie Metz

External links

  • Official website
  • Buckle Locations
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