The company will open 25 to 35 new units next year, comparedwith the 38 to 45 stores to open by the end of this year.

"The number could be more or less, depending on economicconditions," said Robert N. Wildrick, CEO and executive chairman."It's clear that real estate development has slowed, and we willnot open new stores just to hit a number."

However, he noted, landlords have been "much easier to dealwith" given the chain's strong balance sheet. And some good siteshave opened up because of bankruptcies.

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