Retailers are still looking for growth across borders, with Asia a particular interest to many. Nevertheless, high eCommerce investments have slowed down the international expansion, according to real estate consultant CBRE's "How Global is the Business of Retail?"'s report.
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Over to the next 5 to 7 years, supermarket chain Lidl will invest about 500 million euro into the Belgian market, which should lead to 50 new stores and about 2,000 new jobs.
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Belgian fashion label LolaLiza opened its 100th store in Louvain this month, but its founders - the Appelstein brothers - do not plan to rest on their laurels. They see plenty of room for expansion, especially abroad.
British fast food formula Leon is to open its very first Dutch restaurant in Schiphol, the national airport. Not only is it the very first Dutch store, it is also Leon's first store outside of the United Kingdom.
Belgian interior label Dôme Deco's turnover grew 21.5 % in the first quarter compared to the year before. That means the company has managed to uphold its growth pace of 2015.
German textile discounter KiK seeks a major expansion, with new stores in France, Spain, Italy, the United States and Belgium. Right now, the chain already has 3,255 stores worldwide.
Dutch fashion chain Suit Supply aims to continue its expansion in the next few months and years, which is why it will open stores in Australia, Denmark and Sweden soon.
Dutch fashion brand Yaya is working on its international expansion, with a first Belgian store as an example of its drive. Stores in Luxembourg, France and Germany are to follow.
Dutch store chain Hema wants to invest quite a lot into its Spanish expansion over the next few years. It has plans to open 40 stores in the next three years, way up from its current total, namely 3.
Flemish Bart Grieten will lead AB InBev's European breweries, starting in March when he takes over from Ludo Degelin. After 37 years with the company, Degelin will now move on to other things.
After a first failed attempt more than 10 years ago, Quick is now trying to get another foothold in Morocco. The hamburger restaurant chain has just opened its first franchise store in Rabat.
Lidl has shed light on its expansion strategy for Luxembourg as it seeks to open another 12 stores in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Leapp, which sells refurbished Apple products, aims to open another 4 stores in the current quarter and a whole range of additional stores later this year. This will continue the offline expansion at a rapid pace for a company that started as an online retailer.
Dutch textile discount chain Zeeman will invest a lot into its stores this year, while it also seeks further European expansion on top of eCommerce trials. The goal is to turn around the very first turnover drop in a few years.
Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda wants to expand a lot, thanks to a show during New York Fashion Week. It hopes this will help double the company's profit and turnover within the next three years.
Amazon will continue to invest into its European operations, which will help create thousands of new jobs with the American online retailer. In the United Kingdom alone, 2,500 new jobs will be added.