[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones in 54 years of operation of fashion retail company Gap, Inc (1969)


(worldkings.org) The Gap, Inc., commonly known as Gap Inc. or Gap (stylized as GAP), is an American worldwide clothing and accessories retailer. Gap was founded in 1969 by Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

The company operates four primary divisions: Gap (the namesake banner), Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta. Gap Inc. is the largest specialty retailer in the United States, and is 3rd in total international locations, behind Inditex Group and H&M. As of early 2023, Gap employs about 95,000 people.

The company’s milestones:



1969: Don and Doris opened the first Gap store at 1950 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, California. Men's Levi's jeans and record tapes are the only items for sale.

1974: The first Gap-label products appear in our stores.

1977: The Gap Stores, Inc. launches two new chains of stores: Logo, targeting a more mature and fashion conscious customer and Brands, offering value-priced products.

1981: The first SuperGap, a store format nearly double the size of a standard Gap store, opens in Concord, California.

1984: Gap introduces its iconic Pocket-T in 21 colors.



1986: The first GapKids store opens in San Mateo, California.

1987: Gap expands outside the United States for the first time, opening several stores in London.

1990: babyGap debuts in the GapKids store at Laurel Village, San Francisco.

1994: The first Old Navy store opens in Colma, California, based on the successful prototype, Gap Warehouse. The brand’s new name is inspired by a bar in Paris.

1999: The San Francisco Chronicle names Gap Inc. “Company of the Year” out of 500 top companies in Northern California. Gap launches “1969” jeans, a limited series of premium denim jeans.



2000: The first Old Navy Outlet store opens. OldNavy.com opens for shopping.

2007: Gap Foundation, in partnership with vendors and non-governmental organizations, launches the P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program, which teaches life and work skills to women who work in the garment factories where our products are made.

2013: Gap Inc. forms Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety to improve factory conditions in Bangladesh.

2020: Gap Inc. unveiled its Power Plan 2023 strategy to grow its purpose-led, billion-dollar lifestyle brands.

2022: Gap and Old Navy enter the metaverse with a series of NFT drops, shaping the cultural conversation through a commitment to creativity and innovation.


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