ULTA Company Information
- United States
We were founded in 1990 as a discount beauty retailer at a time when prestige, mass and salon products were sold through distinct channelsâ€”department stores for prestige products, drug stores and mass merchandisers for mass products, and salons and authorized retail outlets for professional hair care products. When Lyn Kirby, our current President and Chief Executive Officer, joined us in December 1999, we embarked on a multi-year strategy to transform ULTA into the shopping experience that it is today. Based upon consumer input and feedback, we pioneered what we believe to be our unique combination of beauty superstore and specialty store attributes. In October 2005, Ms. Kirby was recognized by Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW) with a 2005 Achiever Award for achievement in the beauty industry. In May 2007, we received a 2007 Hot Retailer Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for being an innovative retail concept. We are the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States. We focus on providing affordable indulgence to our customers by combining the product breadth, value and convenience of a beauty superstore with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. Key aspects of our business include: One-Stop Shopping . We offer a unique combination of over 21,000 prestige and mass beauty products across the categories of cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, skincare, bath and body products and salon styling tools, as well as salon haircare products. We also offer a full-service salon in all of our stores. Our Value Proposition . We focus on delivering a compelling value proposition to our customers. For example, we run frequent promotions and gift certificates for our mass brands, gift-with-purchase offers and multi-product gift sets for our prestige brands, and a comprehensive customer loyalty program. An Off-Mall Location . We are conveniently located in high-traffic, off-mall locations, and our typical store is approximately 10,000 square feet, including a salon of approximately 950 square feet. As of August 4, 2007, we operated 211 stores across 26 states.