Standaard Boekhandel, a leading Belgian book store chain, has opened a store in the new pedestrian area in the centre of Brussels. Aiming for an international public, the store offers an above average range of French and English books.
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Belgian discounter Colruyt is going to open a store of its premium chain CRU in a top notch location: on the Groenplaats in the heart of Antwerp's city centre. Colruyt had acquired the location for a Spar store, but decided that it fitted better with its up-market format.
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German department store chain Karstadt is to open two stores in Berlin, that aim to reinvent themselves as a "networked marketplace". It will be the first new Karstadt department stores in the German capital for thirty years.
Färm, a bio store chain from Brussels, is supporting a planned expansion with a crowd funding campaign. The chain aims to open its biggest store so far in the North of the European capital, extending its services with a bakery in the store.
Thousands of people queued to get into the new Primark store in Antwerp as soon as they could. At 5900 sqm, it is the Irish chain's largest store in Belgium.
Danish Jysk will open another eleven stores in Belgium in 2018, bringing its total to seventeen. The Danish counterpart to Ikea aims to have about 100 stores in Belgium at some point.
JD.com has announced plans to open some 1,000 convenience stores per day across China. With this impressive target, the country’s second-largest e-commerce company is giving speed to its ambitions of expanding into the offline market.
The Westfield shopping centre in West London is now Europe’s largest, after its 68,748 sqm addition was put to use six months ahead of schedule. The extension cost about 600 million pounds (some 700 million euro).
Romanian supermarket chain Mega Image, part of Belgian-Dutch Ahold Delhaize, has opened a new concept store in the centre of Bucharest. The store claims to offer a new level of shopping experience in the heart of the city.
Saturn has opened Europe’s first checkout-free electronics store in Austria. The former Metro Group chain offers its customers traditional sales assistance, but payments have to happen using an app.
Franprix’ first Belgian store opened its doors on Wednesday 28 February. The retailer chose a location on the busy Elsensesteenweg and claims it has exclusive services and products.
French clothing chain Kiabi will open its fifth Belgian store in the Westland Shopping Center in Anderlecht. This will become its largest Belgian store to date, spread across 1,800 sqm.
Danish fashion brand Samsøe & Samsøe will open its first Belgian store in Antwerp in February 2018. Customers will be able to buy clothing, shoes and accessories, which were previously only available online and in Dutch boutiques.
A second Dutch Saks OFF 5th store opened in Amsterdam today. The president if Hudson’s Bay’s discount chain says he is happy with the results of the first Dutch store.
Canadian fashion chain Canada Goose opened its first European store in London. The brand’s clothing has been in Europe for quite some time, but only at multi-brand stores up until now.
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.