Zegarra stands inside his store along merchandiseUMSL Professional MBA alumnus Julio Zegarra-Ballon opened Zee Bee Market, a fair trade store on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis.


The metropolitan area has major shopping centers including the Saint Louis Galleria with more than 135 stores including Ann Taylor, Apple, Coach, Disney Store, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Nordstrom, and Brooks Brothers; Plaza Frontenac with 50 stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Ann Taylor, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade New York, Coach, and Williams-Sonoma; Mid-Rivers Mall with approx. 100 stores including Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears, American Eagle Outfitters, and The Limited outlet; West County Center with approx. 130 stores including Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Macy’s, JC Penney, Coach, the North Face, and Abercrombie and Fitch; and St. Clair Square with approx. 140 stores including Aeropostale, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Dillard’s, JC Penney, The Limited, Macy’s, Sears, Talbots, and Victoria’s Secret.

The two largest outlet centers are: St. Louis Premium Outlets with about 90 stores including Ann Taylor, Armani, Coach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Ugg Australia, Toys ‘R Us and DKNY, and Taubman Prestige Outlets with about 50 stores including Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Banana Republic, bebe, Gap, and American Eagle.

In late 2015, IKEA, the popular retailer of ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances, home accessories and Swedish meatballs, opened its first Missouri store in midtown St. Louis.

International/ethnic foods are available at several stores including China Town Market (Chinese and Asian), DiGregorio’s Italian Market, East East Oriental Grocery (Korean Chinese and Japanese), El Maguey Market (Mexican), Global Foods Market, Jay International Food Company, Kohn’s Kosher Deli and Bakery, Las Palmas Mexican Bakery, Olive Super Market (Asian), Seafood City Supermarket, Seema Enterprises (Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern),  St. Louis Halal Meat, and John Viviano & Sons Grocery (Italian and Greek).  Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods also offer a wide selection of foods including organic, vegan, and gluten-free items.