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Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Fortune 500 rank: 496
Headcount: Up 37% to 16,200
No. of employees added: 4,400

The apparel manufacturer has turned its attention to opening self-branded retail stores, adding 4,400 new employees last year. In 2010, Levi Strauss opened 56 new company-operated stores, roughly 20 each in the U.S., Europe and Asia. It also acquired 73 Levi's and Dockers outlet stores in the U.S.

"We believe that dedicated full-price and outlet stores offer an attractive opportunity to increase sales as well as showcase the full breadth of our product offerings," says a spokesperson. The company currently employs 6,700 people in its retail business.

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Last updated May 05 2011: 2:58 PM ET
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