Dutch e-tailer Coolblue is opening its first Belgian Coolblue XXL store in Ghent, replacing the smaller store in nearby Lochristi later this year. There already are three stores of the same format in the Netherlands.
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A trial project in which Belgians can get their Lidl groceries delivered at home by a bike courier, is a great success - the chain says. The project is expanded with more available products and (later) to more cities, but there is a price to pay.
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The Belgian National Lottery's plans to start with its own retail chain are taking shape. The first stores, called Lottery Centers, will open in Antwerp, Ghent and Liège.
Italian men's fashion brand Boggi Milano has opened a fifth Belgian store in Ghent. With more store openings announced in Brussels and Liège, the brand will almost double its store count in Belgium.
Swedish furniture chain Ikea will open two hotels in 2019, one in Antwerp and one in Ghent. Hotel chain Moxy, which it set up together with Marriot, is already present in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Chicago and London.
A new Scandinavian design brand will venture into Belgium: Danish Bolia opened its first Belgian store on 22 June in a very special location: the “Wolweverskapel” (the wool weaver’s chapel) in the Kortedagsteeg in Gent.
Swedish chain of sports bars O'Learys will open its very first Belgian bar in Ghent on 9 September. The chain already has 125 stores worldwide, each of them a resounding success.