FORT MYERS, FL-Chico’s FAS Inc. said during its secondquarter earnings call that it planned to open 120 to145 new stores during 2006 including 20 new Soma byChico’s stores. The Chico’s and White House BlackMarket brands are expected to add 105 to 120 storesnext year.

“We have been evaluating the potential number of doorsfor our brands, and we believe the market for Chico’sto be at least 750 doors with the potential for 800,”said Chico’s FAS’ president and CEO Scott Edmondsduring the call. “For White House

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