Charlie Chanaratsopon was not trying to start a fashion retail empire when he founded Charming Charlie in 2004. The first-generation Thai-American was working on developing and investing in shopping centers in and around Houston and started the fashion accessories retailer, which now has over 350 stores, as a way to keep retail space filled.

It nearly folded in its first few months, but Chanaratsopon decided to keep it open an extra few weeks, and in that time its popularity with suburban moms exploded. The discount retailer expanded furiously amid the Great Recession, as Charlie Chanaratsopon and Hancock Park Associates, a private equity firm that came on board in 2007, convinced worried landlords to give them favorable lease terms. — Scott Klocksin

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Charlie Chanaratsopon, Founder of Charming Charlie. Opened in 2004, Charming Charlie is a women’s fashion and accessories brand with over 270 stores across the United States. In 2015, he was named by Forbes as one of “America’s 40 Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs.” Charlie is a first generation Thai-American who graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School. He generously spoke with me about the emergence of the Charming Charlie brand as well as the ever-changing landscape of the retail and consumer market. Charming Charlie is most notable for its unique strategy in…

Houston-based accessories retailer Charming Charlie has partnered with a Dubai fashion conglomerate to open its first location outside of North America.

Charming Charlie will open two stores at City Centre Mirdif and Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai this year. The stores will be operated by the international licensing partner Apparel Group.

The new storefronts are part of the business’ plan to aggressively expand both domestically and internationally in 2015.

The company, that started out as a single-floor retail space below the family business in 2004, said in November that it expects to open 55 new stores in 2015.

Charlie Chanaratsopon

That month…

A Houston-based women’s jewelry and accessories retailer is spreading its footprint beyond the U.S., with two international locations open and planning underway for two others.

Within the past few weeks, two Charming Charlie stores have opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 8,000 miles away from headquarters.

One store is at City Centre Mirdif and the second is at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. The stores are Charming Charlie’s first locations outside of North America.

The move has been in the works for about three years said Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO of the women’s jewelry and accessories retailer founded…

Chanaratsopon, founder of the Charming Charlie accessories chain, is the only Houston exec on Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40.

Charlie Chanaratsopon, 38, ranks №27 on the list, based on his net worth of $450 million. The self-made millionaire founded Houston-based Charming Charlie in 2004 as a side business while developing shopping malls. The company now has 350 stores across the U.S. and reports $550 million in sales, according to Forbes.

Charming Charlie opened its first international stores in Canada in 2014 and expanded to the Middle East last year. …

Armed with the knowledge of a financial analyst, Charles Chanaratsopon knows what makes a successful business and how to manage that success. In 2004, he took that knowledge and applied it to an advantageous investment market and founded Charming Charlie, a women’s boutique and accessories store.

“I saw an opportunity, not only in an operating store but also in the realty business,” says Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO. “The capital or investment market was very frothy. So you could quickly develop shopping centers on leverage and build quickly.”

Deciding to break into the market for women’s accessories, Charlie Chanaratsopon saw an…

Charlie Chanaratsopon, the force behind the Houston-based accessories chain Charming Charlie, lives in a modern castle in the sky that mixes business and pleasure

From his high-rise condo, Charlie Chanaratsopon can see the world.

At least, it seems that way.

His 19th-floor apartment at 2727 Kirby has panoramic view of the city stretching from downtown to the Galleria then rounding out with the Upper Kirby area, including West Ave and the Med Center in the distance.

The view is spectacular at night, as city lights intensify the bustle of cars below. …

Charlie Chanaratsopon is a Thai-American entrepreneur and investor. He is most notable for founding Charming Charlie, the colorful 290 national chain of stores that sells women’s jewelry and accessories.

With the launch of Charming Charlie, Chanaratsopon created an innovative concept that brought high-style and unrivaled value to the women’s jewelry and accessory categories. Combined with a unique product and merchandising strategy that is centered on a broad assortment of color, Charlie Chanaratsopon created an entirely new and fun shopping experience that did not go unnoticed.

In 2010, he was honored with Ernest & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in…

There’s another new business coming to the retail center in front of Designer Shoe Warehouse at Greenwich Place, the 106-acre development at K-96 and Greenwich where the Wichita Sports Forum and numerous new stores are.

Have You Heard? already had reported that Charming Charlie and Bling are opening at the building, which is under construction.

Tracy Nguyen also is opening Advanced Nails in 1,100 square feet there.

She expects to be open by the end of August or early September.

Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

There’s 4,000 square feet left to lease at the building.

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Charming Charlie, a women’s fashion and accessories retailer with more than 370 locations worldwide supports non-profit organizations through their in-store fundraising events. During ‘Charming Charlie Cares’ events, ten percent of all purchases are donated to the hosting charity.

On September 17th, the Charming Charlie store in Happy Valley, Oregon at Clackamas Town Center held an event to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. The event was hosted by Lisa Layton who describes herself as the #1 Charming Charlie Fan. …

Charlie Chanaratsopon

Charlie Chanaratsopon is a Thai-American entrepreneur and investor.

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