Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo had announced to want to conquer Belgium with "a concept that was as of yet unheard of". Last week, it opened a pilot store thay may give an idea of the company's "Belgian concept".
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Yoga and sports brand Lululemon is opening a new 1850 sqm mega concept store in Chicago. The flagship comes with its own restaurant, fitness rooms and yoga studios, all with the goal of offering more experience to customers.
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In a Belgian hypermarket that was forced to decrease in size, French retail chain Carrefour has opened its first Carrefour Café. That concept merges a convenience store with features of a restaurant, and will also be introduced in other locations.
The blurring trend continues: French supermarket giant chain Carrefour has opened its first restaurant in Paris. Officially, 'Bon Appétit!' is only a test, but if this establishment becomes a success, more will inevitably follow.
Coop has opened a concept store called Fooby in Lausanne. It is a premium foodmarket based on Coop's culinary online platform of the same name.
Fashion brand Gucci has opened a museum and a restaurant for fifty people in Florence. Three-star chef Massimo Bottura will serve high-quality meals there. A dish will cost between 20 and 30 euro.
An increasing number of clothing stores have found a new way to lure in customers: they offer drinks or even entire meals. One Mannheim-based fashion store even houses a two-star restaurant.