Banana Republic is a clothing brand of America founded by Mel and Patricia Ziegler in 1978. It has more than 600 stores that are located in different countries worldwide. The company is operating more than 500 Banana Republic stores in America including Puerto Rico and about 26 stores operating in Canada. Gap Inc. is expanding its international presence with franchise agreements for Banana Republic and Gap in Europe, Asia and Middle East. Its first store outside North America was opened in Ginza, in 2005. It is the most prestigious shopping destination in Tokyo. It debuted its presence in South Korea on August 2007, with flagship store in the district of Seoul. It opened its first store in Kuwait City, Senayan City, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta Indonesia in 2007.