The company, based in San Diego, is expanding operationsthroughout the western and southeastern US. It has 257 stores in 11states, stretching from Washington to Louisiana. The game plan isto open 60 more stores this year as it heads east and fills inspots in the western US. The company has 41 stores in Texas as wellas a 300,000-sf distribution center in Lewisville, north ofDallas.

Factory 2-U specializes in branded casual apparel for the familyand house wares. It says it tries to price 20% to 50% lower thannational discount chains.

The Weitzman Group is representing Factory 2-U as it expands inTexas. Steve Greenberg, Steve Lieberman and Michelle Caplan, allwith Weitzman's commercial retail division, have handled thenegotiations. Factory 2-U is leasing the space from HPRI-WacoCenter LP. Lake Air Court Shopping Center is located at 1428 WoodedAcres in southwest Waco.

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