Ever since Lieven Vanlommel acquired Foodmaker in 2014, the company has been steadily marching on: following its Belgian expansion, it is now looking abroad and it aims to double its store network by 2020.
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Lidl had hoped to have about a hundred stores in the United States by the summer, but will be forced to adjust its first-year goals. The German chain currently has 49 stores in the United States.
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Hema will head outside of Europe for the first time ever: it will open three stores in Dubai later this year. In the next five years, the Dutch chain aims to open a sizeable number of Middle-Eastern stores.
Antwerp fashion brand Essentiel is looking for additional funds, mainly to finance its international expansion. Up until now, it had only used its own money to grow.
Belgian hamburger restaurant chain Ellis Gourmet Burger wants to expand into new countries, following Belgium, the Netherlands and France. That is why it seeks an investor to help finance that expansion, which may lead to a new majority shareholder.
Dutch chocolate brand Tony’s Chocolonely targets a 50 % growth over the next five years. To achieve that, it will turn its attention to foreign markets, where it still has room to grow. The brand is relatively unknown outside of the Netherlands.
Store chain Hema has major plans for Germany: in the next three years, it will open at least seventy new stores, which is a huge increase compared to the eleven it currently has in the country. Hema also targets shop-in-shops and stores in train stations.
Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo was not eager to divulge the extent of its ambitions for the upcoming expansion to Belgium, but RetailDetail has found out that real estate agents have been asked to procure no fewer than thirty locations by 2019.
Tomorrow is a special day for Dutch discounter Action, as it will open its 1,000th store in Gorinchem (in the Netherlands). The number of Action stores has almost doubled in the last two years.
Belgian kitchen manufacturer èggo celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and the party mood causes the company to look forward to the next few years: it will launch a new store formula and continue its international expansion.
Hema wants to open another 150 stores in Spain. Following stores in Madrid and Barcelona, the Dutch chain is now targeting cities like Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville. French and German expansion are also on the to-do-list.
Fashion group FNG has become a household name in the Benelux, which is why it is also looking at other markets. CEO Dieter Penninckx sees opportunities for its Dutch brands in Germany, but Spain is more interesting for its Belgian brands.
Belgian fashion group Cassis Paprika continues its international expansion as it is heading to Germany. It struck a deal with Galeria Kaufhof, Otto and Amazon. Germany will become the group’s fourth foreign market.
Dutch lingerie chain Hunkemöller aims to open a chain of physical stores in Switzerland, after having already opened a Swiss web shop in September 2016. The first physical store will open its doors in October.
Shoe brand Skechers has plans to open fifteen Benelux stores. It already has stores in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Wijnegem and an outlet store in Roermond, but it intends to expand in the next few years.
Swedish Björn Borg will open new flagship stores in Belgium and the Netherlands sometime this year. It is the next step in its expansion plan after having opened new stores in Bruges, Haarlem and Zwolle.