Polo-Ralph Lauren is available im my area (metro Washington D.C.)Tysons Corner, Virgini a) in 2 Bloomingdales, 3 Nordstrom's, about 8 Hecht's (May co.) ,4 Lord & Taylor's (May Co.) , 2 Saks Fifth Avenue,and 2 Neiman Marcus locations. I live in suburban Fairfax county. Not the usual "hick location" My input of opinion is from my son at Virginia Tech, my co workers son at University of Virgina, and from comments of young workers who have recently graduated from college. They put me on to shopping from the J.Crew catalog. I have chatted with retail sales people in the above mentioned stores numerous times, and they have not given me any feedback to change my opinion.
The Polo line is so heavyly placed; for instance in the Mc Lean, Virginia area the line if offered in 6 stores in a 1/2mile area. If we were talking about placing the line from a distribution of 1 to 3 stores to 6 ...I would definately see an opportunity for growth. But with such wide distribution, sales growth will only come from sales growth in existing lacations for the most part. So what are we talking about 2% to 12% increases...not enough to push this stock up about the market average.
Also, you have to realize that comments on here for the most part are from people who buy Polo clothing...so of course they like the stock. My point is that...this stock will not grow because with such a large base there is no real potential for growth. .