Victoria's Secret opens first Alaska store

Lingerie shoppers in Anchorage just got another spot to spend money.

The first Victoria's Secret in Alaska opened its doors Friday morning at the Anchorage 5th Avenue mall, the latest national chain to arrive in the state this year.

Some people started waiting as early as 4:30 a.m. in the mall's skybridge for the lingerie chain's 8 a.m. opening, said Kari Skinner, director of marketing and business development for the mall.

"There were probably about 200 people who were here at 8 a.m.," she said. That's earlier than the store will typically open, at 11 a.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. other days.

Victoria's Secret hired more than 70 people to work at its new Anchorage location, with plans to hire more, Skinner said.

The store takes up nearly 11,000 square feet of space where Abercrombie & Fitch, Lids and PacSun used to be. Abercrombie & Fitch shut its doors earlier this year, and Lids and PacSun moved to other spots in the mall.

Another big national name, doughnut shop Krispy Kreme, opened its first Alaska location in August, as did fast-casual restaurant Smashburger. Restaurant and entertainment chain Dave & Buster's is also hoping to open its first Alaska spot in 2017.

Annie Zak

Annie Zak was a business reporter for the ADN between 2015 and 2019.