Italian food supermarket Eataly will be opening a food supermarket in Paris on 12 April. The news has been officially confirmed by Galeries Lafayette, which is responsible for bringing the concept to France.
2500 meals per day
On 12 April, Eataly will open a supermarket/restaurant in Paris, in a stately manor house in the classy Marais quarter (photo). The newest temple of Italian cuisine will take up 4000 sqm over three storeys and be home to seven eateries in the basement and on the first storey, accessible through a delicacy supermarket of 2500 sqm on the ground level. The basement will also a bar where over 800 Italian wines can be tasted and bought.
"This new food market combines a unique restaurant and food range with a cooking school," Galeries Lafayette boasted in a press release: "It will offer its customers the opportunity to eat and buy Italian products and so learn the secrets of Italian cuisine. The store's unique and warm setting contributes to a healthier and more rational eating pattern, which is what our group is working towards."
Expectations are high for the exclusive French franchisee of the concept: Galeries Lafayette is aiming for some 2500 meals per day (Eataly Paris Marais will be open every day until midnight, including Sunday). The restaurant part alone should generate a turnover of some 18 million euros (considering about 20 euros per person will be spent on average).
From Paris to Brussels
Last May, a rumour was floating around that Eataly might be coming to Brussels as well, but nothing further has been announced on that project. If you want to get a taste of the Eataly concept, you can do so in Paris starting 12 April... Or you could join our retail expert Jorg Snoeck on 19-21 June for an immersive journey through the world of Italian cuisine. RetailDetail is organising a retail hunt in Bologna: among other locations, we will be visiting Fico Eataly World, Eataly's newest pride. It's an experience park of 100,000 sqm that represents the ultimate authentic Italian food experience.