Shoe Carnival, Inc. is one of the nation's largest family footwear retailers, providing the convenience of shopping at any of our store locations or online. We offer customers a broad assortment of moderately priced dress, casual and athletic footwear for men, women and children with an emphasis on national name brands. We differentiate our retail concept from our competitors by our distinctive, fun and promotional marketing efforts. On average, our stores are approximately 10,800 square feet, generate approximately $2.5 million in annual sales and carry inventory of approximately 27,800 pairs of shoes per location. As of February 2, 2019, we operated 397 stores in 35 states and Puerto Rico and offered online shopping at www.shoecarnival.com.
We believe our financial success is due to a number of key competitive strengths that make Shoe Carnival a destination of choice for today's retail consumer.
Our stores combine competitive pricing with a promotional, in-store marketing effort that encourages customer participation and injects fun and surprise into every shopping experience. We promote a high-energy retail environment by decorating with exciting graphics and bold colors, and by featuring a stage and mic-person as the focal point in our stores. With a microphone, this mic-person announces current specials supplied by our centralized merchandising staff, organizes contests and games, and assists and educates customers with the features and location of merchandise. Our mic-person offers limited-duration promotions throughout the day, encouraging customers to take immediate advantage of our value pricing. We believe this fun and promotional atmosphere results in various competitive advantages, including increased multiple unit sales; the building of a loyal, repeat customer base; the creation of word-of-mouth advertising; and enhanced sell-through of in-season goods. A similar customer experience is reflected in our e-commerce site through special promotions and limited time sales, along with relevant product stories featured on our home page.