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Hat World, Inc.
Industry Retailer; Full Service Team Dealer, Custom Screen Printer, Embroidery and Sporting Goods Operator
Founded 1995
Headquarters Zionsville, Indiana, USA
Number of locations
Area served
United States
Puerto Rico
Key people
Griffin R. Taylor (President), Glenn Campbell (Co-Founder, Executive Vice President), Scott Molander (Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer)
Products Headwear, Novelties, Apparel, Sporting Goods
Parent Genesco
Divisions Lids Locker Room, Lids Clubhouse, Lids Team Sports
Website, and

Hat World Inc. is an American retailer specializing in athletic headwear. It primarily operates under the LIDS and Hat World brands with stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The majority of the stores operate in shopping malls and factory outlet centers. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1][2] Lids sold over 6000 hats during its first five years of operation.

Hat World Inc. was acquired in April 2004 by footwear retailer Genesco Inc. and now operates as a subsidiary.[3] The first store opened at Tippecanoe Mall in Lafayette, Indiana.[4]

The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World, Inc., comprises the LIDS retail headwear stores, the LIDS Locker Room specialty fan retail chain, the LIDS Clubhouse retail stores, the LIDS Team Sports wholesale team sports business and its Internet businesses,,, and Operating out of Indianapolis, Indiana, the retail businesses make up more than 975 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially-licensed and branded college, major professional sports teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories all in the latest styles and colors. LIDS Locker Room is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties. Most LIDS and LIDS Locker Room stores also offer custom embroidery capability. LIDS Clubhouse operates team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce websites. LIDS Team Sports is a full-service team uniform and apparel dealer, custom screen printer, embroidery and sporting goods distributor. Hat World, Inc. is a subsidiary of Genesco Inc.[5]


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