UAE retail giant to invest Dhs3bn to aid tourism boom

The expansion plan includes a Dhs930 million extension for Mall of the Emirates, including a new Dhs100 million fashion district. The firm says the investment is aimed at helping Dubai’s vision of 20 million tourists a year by 2020. ​ UAE retail giant Majid Al Futtaim is to splash out Dhs3 billion on cinemas, supermarkets,... Continue Reading →

American Eagle in hunt for UK store

American Eagle, which has more than 1,000 stores in the US, has hired property agent Harper Dennis Hobbs to find a store in central London and met with key landlords last week. The retailer is the latest in a growing line of youth US fashion brands to target the UK. Hollister, Urban Outfitters, and Forever... Continue Reading →

Roots Canada Opens L.A. Store

Roots Canada has put down retail roots in Los Angeles with a new concept store that is destined to sprout elsewhere. Although the Toronto-based brand has an extensive network of 115 stores in its home country, it has yet to proliferate retail in the U.S., where the L.A. store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in the... Continue Reading →

Subway opens its first store with Lidl

Subway has announced the opening of its first ever store within a Lidl supermarket. The store is situated just outside the busy seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk and is the first partnership of its kind for the German supermarket chain, with development in off high street locations one of its major strategic focuses. There... Continue Reading →

HMV Ireland stores to re-open

Retailer recovery specialist Hilco has confirmed that at least 4 HMV stores in Ireland will re-open within 6 weeks following a reported investment of between €3.5m and €4m. Agreements with store landlords have been reached for 4 locations with a further 2 or 3 deals still pending. Hilco has also acquired Irish movie rental chain... Continue Reading →

Coach to Open First Flagship in Spain

Despite the volatile economy in Spain, Coach Inc. is gearing up to open its first flagship in Madrid this November. Located in Salamanca, a district likened to the Champs-Elysées in Paris or Fifth Avenue in New York, the new 3,000-square-foot store marks the brand’s second location in the city. Coach, which entered the Spanish market... Continue Reading →

Hunter expands senior management team

Hunter has expanded its senior management team with a number of new appointments as it looks to build its brand. Ken Pratt has become the footwear brand’s chief financial officer, joining from Signet UK where he was also CFO, while Dan Lumb has been appointed as online director, having previously worked at Reiss as director... Continue Reading →

Oman shopping mall set for $129m expansion

Plans have been revealed for a OR50m ($129m) extension to be built at Muscat's biggest retail destination. The new development will see 100 new retail outlets being added to Muscat Grand Mall, bringing new global brands to Oman for the first time. The extension will take the total number of stores to 250, officials have... Continue Reading →

Saudi officially changes weekend to Fri-Sat

Saudi Arabia has officially changed its weekend to Friday-Saturday from its current Thursday-Friday, following a royal decree issued by the country's ruler King Abdullah. According to the decree, the change will come into effect on June 29. The move will bring the Gulf's most populous country and world's largest oil exporter in line with the... Continue Reading →

Chanel London’s New Bond Street.(Pictures)

Design: Peter Marino Architect Opening date: June 2013 Store size: 1,170 sq m Peter Marino has done it again. The New York-based Architect has embraced the inherent elegance, audacity and refinement of French luxury fashion brand Chanel with a timeless panache to create an exclusive, intimate and glamorous retail environment; this time on London's New... Continue Reading →

Galeries Lafayette Jakarta (Pictures)

Design: Plajer & Franz Opening date: June 2013 Store size: 12,000 sq m Paris department store Galeries Lafayette has opened a fashion temple in Pacific Place, in the heart of Jakarta. Designed by Berlin-based Plajer & Franz, the 12,000 sq m store is spread over four floors and brings a touch of Parisian chic to... Continue Reading →

Dunkin’ Donuts in major store revamp

Canton, Mass. -- Dunkin’ Brands Group is giving its Dunkin’ Donuts stores a big makeover. The chain has been rolling out a “café-style” store redesign that includes a new, earth-toned palette, to make its locations resemble those of rival Starbucks, according to Bloomberg. Dunkin’ Donuts, which plans to double its current store total to 15,000,... Continue Reading →

Luxury furniture store Dwell collapses

Furniture retailer Dwell has collapsed with the closure of 23 stores and the loss of 300 jobs after attempts to sell it failed. The Milton Keynes based firm said no deliveries will be made and customers with outstanding orders should contact their bank or credit card company. The firm has asked all staff to remain... Continue Reading →

Expansion of Muscat Grand Mall announced

By A Staff Reporter — MUSCAT — Marking a milestone achievement in the retail and hospitality sector in Oman, Muscat Grand Mall announces plans for expansion of Muscat's popular retail destination, in a year from its inception. This expansion will be financed completely through an investment of over RO 50 million. The new development will... Continue Reading →

Price comparison site launches in UAE

Dubai:, a price comparison site, has officially launched its UAE platform on Tuesday. Launched in Egypt in 2012, the site provides consumers information on a product, including price, reviews, and retail locations. It offers a range of products, such as consumer electronics, cosmetics, clothes and accessories sourced from both online fashion brands and e-commerce... Continue Reading →

Woolworths to slash prices

Cape Town - Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] will cut its prices by up to 30% from August in a bid to gain market share in Africa, The EastAfrican reported. The firm's profits jumped by 70% after it dropped prices by 30% in Australia. Ian Moir, Woolworths Africa group chief executive was in Kenya to open its... Continue Reading →

Edcon secures franchise rights to UK’s Dune brand

EDCON, the unlisted owner of clothing chains Edgars and Jet, said on Friday that it had been granted the South African franchise rights for Dune, a UK-based fashion footwear and accessories brand. A standalone Dune store will open in Sandton City Shopping Centre in August, with store-in-store concepts opening in four Edgars branches during November.... Continue Reading →

Babyshop opens 2 new stores in Jeddah

BABYSHOP, the region's premier fashion destination for children sets yet another milestone with the opening of its 30th and 31st stores in the Western Region at Al Emmam Al Bukhari Road, near Saudi German Hospital, Aziziyah Dist. Madinah and Flamingo Mall, Amir Majid Street (Al Sabeen Street), Jeddah respectively. Specializing in toys, fashion clothing, baby... Continue Reading →

Thorntons trials online ordering kiosks in three stores to showcase wider range

Chocolate manufacturer and retailer, Thorntons, is trialing SmartPod retail technology to allow customers to purchase from its extended online range while in-store. Developed in partnership with retail technology firm One iota, the online ordering kiosk trial is taking place across three stores in Sheffield Meadowhall, Fargate and Derby Westfield. The solution will focus on converting... Continue Reading →

Dubai Duty Free eyes $3bn sales

Dubai Duty Free tills rang up Dh2.7 billion in sales in the first five months of the year. The airport hopes to sustain the momentum by selling to about half of the people passing through the hub. And the number of passengers is expected to rise with the emirate's annual shopping festival, Dubai Summer Surprises,... Continue Reading →

OK Zimbabwe lifts profit 20%

OK Zimbabwe lifts profit 20% Picture: THINKSTOCK HARARE — OK Zimbabwe, which directly competes with TM Supermarkets, in which Pick n Pay has a 49% stake, has posted a 16.3% surge in revenue in the year to end-March, and declared a 40c dividend for the second-half period. This brings the final dividend for the full-year... Continue Reading →

UAE’s MAG Group unveils plan for specialist mall

UAE's MAG Group unveils plan for specialist mall UAE-based Moafaq Al Gaddah (MAG) Group has unveiled plans for a new specialist shopping mall to be built in Dubai called the Art Centre. The retail centre will specialise in indoor and outdoor building materials and requirements for housing and commercial sectors, including furniture, lighting, kitchens, floors,... Continue Reading →

Burberry boss collects £10m less

Angela Ahrendts, the chief executive of fashion label Burberry, has seen her annual take home pay drop by £10m, only days after being named as Britain's best paid boss. Ahrendts' £16.9m total pay package in 2012 saw her leapfrog to the top of the FTSE 100 pay league, but her 2013 pay dropped to £6.8m... Continue Reading →

Cath Kidston to open London flagship

Fashion and homewares specialist Cath Kidston is to open a new flagship store in London’s Piccadilly, it has been announced. Opening later this year, the 7,070 sq ft store will be fully operational within the brand’s 20th anniversary year and seeks to realise the “home of modern vintage” concept for which the retailer is renowned.... Continue Reading →

Xtra-vision sold to HMV owner Hilco Capital

FILM rental chain Xtra-vision has been sold to Hilco Capital for an undisclosed sum. Hilco, which recently acquired HMV in Ireland and the UK, will now take control of the chain’s business, its stock and headquarters in Dublin’s Tallaght. The company’s chief executive Paul McGowan said the business would be a “good fit" alongside HMV... Continue Reading →

Dubai to build design, fashion and retail hub

Dubai has added a glitter-hem to its design, fashion and retail industry by announcing plans to establish a district dedicated to developing the emerging sector. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Saturday that the “Dubai Design District” would be situated... Continue Reading →

First look inside the new Chanel flagship

First look inside the new Chanel flagship Chanel's new flagship store, designed by eccentric architect Peter Marino, opened for a press preview this morning on London's New Bond Street One of Peter Marino's greatest strengths lies in creating shops that feel like homes - albeit homes fit to grace the pages of Architectural Digest. His... Continue Reading →


The regional supermarket group EH Booth has appointed Paul Minett, formerly with Asda and Sainsbury, as retail director. He succeeds David Benson who has retired. Mr Minett takes responsibility for the day-to-day running of Booths’ 29 stores across the North West, including the seven Cumbrian branches in Penrith, Keswick, Kendal, Windermere, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale and... Continue Reading →

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