Clarks increased the number of concept shops in Italy up from 13 to 21 since the beginning of this year. Of these 14 are directly owned by its Italian distributor, Asak & Co., and the others are franchises. At the end of 2008, Clarks had 165 stores outside the U.K. and the U.S., and their number is expected to grow to 200 by the end of this year, as part of a previously reported five-year program to take the number up to 500 doors.