Urban Outfitters began in Philadelphia as a catch-all shop near the University of Pennsylvania in the hippies-rule 1970s. Today, its customers are still young but its specialty is pricey-but-cool wares gathered from around the globe. The company is expanding at its new digs at the old old Navy Yard.

A believer in winners

A chat with Glen T. Senk quickly reveals Urban Outfitters created the chief executive job just for him - a type-A straight-talker with an artist's eye, dead-on retail instincts, and the ambition to grow the $1.5 billion Philadelphia retail company into a $10 billion giant. Read the article

Urban Outfitters: A niche grows in Philadelphia

An image gallery captures the company after it moved into its new digs at the former Navy Yard. View the photos

Going from ragtag to riches

A sexy standout in the staid Philadelphia business scene, Urban Outfitters is the envy of the retail world - a company on the make in a city on the make. In five years its stock has outperformed the industry overall while sales have grown from $548 million to $1.5 billion last year. Read the article

Outfitting a ruin

Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes about the renovation on the company's new headquarters, which overhauled a former Navy Yard workshop but saved its shabby charm. Read the review

He fills shops with treasures of far shores

As the found-objects buyer for Anthropologie stores, Keith Johnson combs flea markets, antiques stores, art shows, and bazaars around the world for marvelous things. Read the article