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Gap, which happens to be a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick, has been trying to pull off a turnaround for quite some time. It's been launching several initiatives to move away from its image of targeting a teenage demographic or khaki-wearing conformists, including an ad campaign with Sarah Jessica Parker and a plus-sized experiment at Old Navy.
After having experienced what one can only imagine are significant teenage defections to retailers such as the wildly popularAeropostale
Chico's most certainly has been on fire, thanks to its popularity with fashionable women around the ages of 35 to 55. Ann Taylor
Gap's idea is definitely a logical one. Older women these days tend to have more cash in their wallets than their younger counterparts -- and the boomer generation is a crowd, by definition. However, challenges are there -- Talbots
Is Gap up to the challenge? Personally, I've felt Gap has been out of touch for quite some time. My own occasional trips into its stores over the last year or two just haven't yielded any urge to buy, though that urge seems to occur awfully often a few stores down at Ann Taylor Loft (though I'll buy the occasional pair of jeans at Old Navy because they don't break the bank). Over the summer I ventured into Gap, and while a few items appealed a little bit more on style, I didn't like the way the material felt. These observations (as well as Gap's relatively empty stores) have fueled my own nagging doubts about the retailer's relevance today.
For investors who are banking on Gap turning around its fortunes to the popular days of yore, they'd better be hoping that it's been doing its homework. While it's picked a good demographic to target, it's also got formidable competition in that space.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.