Chicos is a retail womens clothing chain founded in 1983 by a three-person operation on Sanibel Island, Florida. Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an American women’s clothing and accessories retailer. The company was founded by Marvin and Helene Gralnick and is headquartered in Ft. Myers, Florida. Chico’s FAS operates three brands: its namesake Chico’s, White House | Black Market and Soma. As of November 1, 2014, Chico’s FAS operated 1,557 womens clothing stores in the US and Canada and sold merchandise through franchise locations in Mexico.