Men's apparel retailer JoS A Bank Clothiers Inc plans to open about 40 new stores in the second half of fiscal 2004.

In a statement on Tuesday, it said up to 25 of the new stores will open in the third quarter.

The company, which currently sells its full product line through 238 stores in 36 states and the District of Columbia, a nationwide catalogue, and an e-commerce website, said it plans to grow the chain to about 500 stores over the next three to four years.