Founded in 1946, The Cato Corporation operates more than 1,100 women's apparel specialty stores in 31 states from its stores named It's Fashion! and Cato. The company offers fashion apparel and accessories to junior, missy and plus sizes, with girls sizes seven through 16 offered in selected stores. A substantial portion of the company's merchandise is sold through its private labels and is produced by various vendors in accordance with the company's specifications. Most stores range in size from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet. The stores are primarily located in strip shopping centers anchored by discount stores that are recognized throughout the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., The Cato Corporation offers its own credit card and layaway plan.