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How long has Hollister been in business?

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The first Hollister Co. store opened in July 2000 in Columbus, Ohio. Hollister was founded by fellow clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch and was originally created with the intention of attracting customers ages 14 to 18 with lower prices than those at Abercrombie.

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Though it was founded in 2000, Hollister clothing often bears the year "1922." This is due to a branding strategy developed by Abercrombie & Fitch to create a back story for a fictitious founder, John Hollister, Sr. It is claimed that Hollister opened the first store in California in 1922 after returning to America from the Dutch East Indies. This story supports Hollister's Southern California inspired vibe and tradition of naming products after California beaches.

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