In operation since 1972, Burlington Coat Factory is a retail chain of department stores. It opened its first store in Burlington, N.J. The company is a wholesale seller of coats, suits, accessories, sportswear and shoes for women, men and children. It also offers a range of designer clothing, apparel, toys, gifts, baby products, linens and home furnishing items. Burlington Coat Factory operates more than 390 stores in over 40 states throughout the United States. It is a part of Bain Capital Partners and employs nearly 28,000 part- and full-time staff members. The company provides online purchasing, baby registry and credit services to its customers. Burlington Coat Factory maintains a presence in Slidell, La.