Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and contingencies

Commitments and contingencies
12 Months Ended
Jan. 28, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and contingencies

4.    Commitments and contingencies

Leases – The Company leases retail stores, distribution and office facilities, and certain equipment. Original non-cancelable lease terms range from three to ten years, and store leases generally contain renewal options for additional years. Total rent expense under operating leases was $202,942, $181,487 and $159,245 for fiscal 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Future minimum lease payments under operating leases as of January 28, 2017, are as follows:



Fiscal year

   (in thousands)  


   $ 270,684  









2022 and thereafter





Total minimum lease payments

   $ 2,006,041  




Included in the operating lease schedule above is $315,230 of minimum lease payments for stores that are expected to open in future periods.

Contractual obligations – As of January 28, 2017, the Company had obligations of $27,666 related to commitments made to a third party for products and services for a future distribution center for which a lease has been signed. Payments under this commitment were $11,528 for fiscal 2016. In addition, the Company has entered into various non-cancelable advertising and other goods and service contracts. A majority of these agreements expire over one year and the obligations under these agreements were $19,797 as of January 28, 2017.

General litigation – The Company is involved in various legal proceedings that are incidental to the conduct of our business, including three putative employment class action lawsuits in California, each of which has settled. Two cases have received final court approval and the remaining case has received preliminary court approval. In the opinion of management, the amount of any liability with respect to these proceedings, either individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations, consolidated financial position or liquidity.