Samantha Raley opens Samantha’s Closet, which she says is an exclusively plus-size clothing store, at 1728 Sweeney St. at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“I want this to be a wonderful place where women can feel confident and comfortable,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to inspire other women. I believe in body positivity.
Raley might be on to something.
Statista.com recently said, “Plus size clothing is often described as clothing for people who are taller than average. For women, plus sizes usually start between size 10 and 14. The average clothing size for American women is between 14 and 16, which means that plus size is the new average.
And VogueBusiness.com said last year, “In the United States alone, plus sizes are growing almost twice the overall apparel market, suggests market research by NPD. A 4% growth rate is likely for the US $ 24 billion market.
He added, “Globally, the plus size market is valued at more than $ 178 billion, with an expected annual growth of 4.3% through 2028, according to Acute Market Research.”
The NPD group has estimated that 70% of women in the United States wear a size 14.
But he said less than 20% of clothes are made in this size or more.
Raley said, “It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl to have my own store.”
But she said the idea for Samantha’s Closet dates back to before Macy’s closed its store in Towne Square Mall in early 2020.
Raley said she bought their shelves because she knew she would need them for her store when it opened.
She makes resin art and jewelry, which will be displayed in a gift shop within the store.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
The store is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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