From Au Bon Marché to Galeria Inno : rise and fall of the department store in Belgium

Raymond Vaxelaire

Halfway through the nineteenth century, the first department stores caused a major revolution in the Belgian retail market. The pioneers initially experienced an unprecedented boom, but ultimately had no answer to the rise of hypermarkets and category killers in the 1960s. The biggest players sought refuge in a mega-merger. Today, one chain remains, with 16 stores: Galeria Inno, in German hands.

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