Lots has been happening in retail during August here in the Netherlands with new stores opening and others closing. Karen Millen, Daka Sport, Hema, Blue Tomato have all made headlines in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht…
KAREN MILLEN BANKRUPTCY WILL END NETHERLANDS SHOPS
Karen Millen Netherlands has been declared bankrupt with stores and shop-in-shop concessions likely to shut down shortly. The British brand had been owned by Icelandic bank Kaupthing for most of the past decade. With sales declining, the bank put the company up for sale in late Spring. When no buyer was found, the Karen Millen business in the UK was placed in administration. Soon thereafter, the Karen Millen webshop and brand name were purchased by British online retailer Boohoo.com, which expressed no interest in the brand’s wholesale operations or retail stores. As such, there is little chance of a restart for the Karen Millen business in the Netherlands.
URBAN OUTFITTERS TO OPEN STORE IN MAASTRICHT
Urban Outfitters will be opening their fourth store in the Netherlands in the southern city of Maastricht. No information about the exact location or when its doors will open, but the company is already actively recruiting management and sales staff. Urban Outfitters currently has stores in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.
P&C LAUNCHES NETHERLANDS WEBSHOP
Peek & Cloppenburg has finally launched a Dutch webshop. Up until now, customers in the Netherlands could not purchase from the existing P&C webshop because it only serviced customers in Germany and Austria. Peek & Cloppenburg operates 3 highly-visible stores in the Netherlands – Amsterdam (Dam Square), Rotterdam (Koopgoot/Hoogstraat) and The Hague (Grote Marktstraat). At its height, P&C operated 60 stores in Holland.
HEMA GETS 8 NOMINATIONS FOR RETAILER OF YEAR
HEMA has received the most nominations for Retailer of the Year after the first round of voting for the 2019 awards. The 10 nods include 8 in the physical stores division (Baby Shop, Womens Clothing, Food & Drink, Office Supplies, Childrens Clothing, Underwear Shop, Beauty Shop and Department Store) and 2 in the online retail division (Baby Webshop and Kids Clothing Webshop). Winners will be announced at a reception in Mid-September.
AKTIESPORT & PERRY SPORT INTRODUCE CLICK&COLLECT
AktieSport and Perry Sport have introduced a new click & collect system in 26 of their combined 98 stores. The new software is expected to simplify the online/offline purchase interaction and thus improve the overall customer experience. QR codes on packages will help employees locate orders quicker.
KEYMUSIC MAKES RESTART AFTER BANKRUPTCY
Musical instrument retailer Keymusic, which was declared bankrupt in June, has made a restart under new owner Jan ‘t Hoen. Most store locations have remained opened with one notable exception being the well-known Rock Palace on Torenstraat in The Hague. It’s been reported that the German supermarket chain Lidl is currently applying for the necessary permits required to convert the selling space to food retailing. It will be the first Lidl store in The Hague city center.
JUMBO TO OPEN IN THE HAGUE CITY CENTER
Another supermarket chain, Jumbo, will also be opening its first location in The Hague city center later this year on the ground floor of the former Marks & Spencer building on Grote Marktstraat.
BLUE TOMATO TO OPEN STORE IN AMSTERDAM
Austrian board sports retailer Blue Tomato will open its second store in the Netherlands on August 29th along the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. The brand’s first store was in Utrecht and opened last November.
FRENCH IRO OPENS SHOP IN AMSTERDAM
French fashion brand Iro has opened its first Holland store along the P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. The high-end shopping street will be getting another new tenant this Fall when the first Dutch Carolina Herrera store opens its doors.
DAKA SPORTS OPENS NEW STORE IN UTRECHT
The Wall shopping center in Utrecht has a new tenant with the opening of Daka Sports. It is the Rotterdam-based sporting goods retailer’s 15th store in the Netherlands.
GERMAN BABOR TO OPEN FIRST DUTCH STORE
German beauty brand Babor will open its first physical store in the Netherlands in late September near the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. The location will be shared with the Dutch fashion brand Laundry Industry which currently occupies the 2-level retail space. A third floor of treatment rooms will also be added.