Le Chateau Inc. (Le Chateau) is a specialty retailer offering contemporary fashion apparel, accessories and footwear to style-conscious women and men. The Company leases store locations both in shopping malls and in downtown areas where pedestrian traffic is heavy. Le Chateau brand merchandise is sold exclusively through its approximately 240 retail locations, of which approximately 235 are located in Canada. In addition, the Company has stores under license in the Middle East and Asia. Le Chateau also manufactures its own brand name clothing. Le Chateau�s internal manufacturing process is comprised of design; selecting and buying fabric and trimmings; sample making; pattern making, marking and grading; fabric cutting; and final quality control inspections.