Women's footwear manufacturer Kawano on Thursday announced plans to invest $1.7 million in eight new stores.

The Kobe-based firm, which targets the 20 to 40-year-old age group, said its decision follows the success of its Barkley Mrunouchi store in Tokyo which is on course to smash its full-year sales target.

The new stores will take its retail network to 18 outlets. A further four stores are planned for 2004.