US-based outdoor apparel retailer LL Bean is to open its first store in China.

The 3,000 square-feet store will be located in the Solana Mall in Beijing and operated through a joint venture with Youngone Corporation of Korea.

It is the first of five LL Bean stores scheduled as part of the joint venture.

The open-air Solana Mall is located in Chaoyang Park, one of the largest urban parks in Asia.

Chris McCormick, president and CEO of LL Bean, said: "Throughout China there is a growing interest in participating in outdoor and recreational activities. LL Bean is a natural fit within this market.

"This is an area we have been studying for some time as we've considered ways to expand our International presence and diversify our business. China provides many opportunities with their growing marketplace."