SAN FRANCISCO-With declining comps but soaring earnings due to cost-cutting, and its real estate analysis now complete, Gap has dropped the number of store openings this year and will cut its overall square footage 10% to 15% over the next three to five years, executives said at the company’s second quarter conference call.

In July, the company completed an analysis of its 3,170 stores, seeking to assess the role of each store in its market and the appropriate size for each unit. The results showed that Gap’s chains had too much space, says Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc.

“We’ve never had a clear real estate strategy,” Murphy explains. “We now have that information, and it will allow us to make quick decisions. The real estate comes down to the quality of the mall and the quality of the real estate.”

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