Founded in 1976, Factory Connection is a chain of more than 200 stores in the South. The chain s stores specialize in sportswear and provides apparel in junior and plus sizes. It manages stores in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arkansas. Factory Connection also offers discount options. In addition, the chain provides denim items and accessories. It manages an over 70,000-square-foot distribution center in Albertville in Alabama. The chain employs a staff of nearly 850 people. Factory Connection additionally manages a men's department. Its stores maintain locations in downtown areas, strip centers and malls. The chain s stores have an average size of approximately 3,500 square feet.