Argentinean lingerie company Caro Cuore has opened its first United States retail outlet.

The store, located at the Woodfield Shopping Centre in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the first of four planned US outlets, with the remainder to be opened in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami in 2004.

They will be operated by the brand's US franchisee CC Llc.

"We applaud Caro Cuore for selecting Woodfield as the location of its first US store, just in time for the holiday shopping season," the mall's general manager Marc Strich said.

Caro Cuore operates 72 stores in 15 countries throughout South America, Europe and the Middle East.