The biggest retail news in the Netherlands during March 2020 has been the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and the impact of measures taken to combat it…
CORONAVIRUS STORE CLOSURE IN NETHERLANDS
All retailers in the Netherlands were impacted by the measures to limit spread of coronavirus during the month of March (and will continue to be at least through end of April). Chains that have closed their doors include H&M (pictured above), De Bijenkorf, Foot Locker, Peek & Cloppenburg, ICI Paris XL, Primark, TK Maxx, Weekday, Zara, Pull & Bear, The Sting, C&A, WE and Only.
Stores which have remained open, but with reduced shopping hours include Media Markt, Praxis, Gamma, Karwei, Etos, Holland & Barrett, Hema, Decathlon, Kruidvat, Blokker, Xenos and Intertoys.
OTHER RETAIL NEWS IN THE NETHERLANDS
Prior to the coronavirus lockdown in March…
- Dutch footwear brand Bronx opened its first owned retail store in Amsterdam.
- Afound, a sister division of H&M, that sells closeout merchandise from both H&M brands (including COS, Weekday and Arket) and other labels (such as Diesel, Bjorn Borg and Michael Kors) opened its first physical store in the Netherlands in Utrecht (Hoog Catharijne Mall). Afound launched a Dutch webshop in 2019.
- Marqt will open a store on the Theresiastraat in The Hague Bezuidenhout in June.
- Hema opened its brand new megastore in Eindhoven city center on March 12th. The 3-level store is at Septemberplein 18 and is twice as big as the Hema store it replaced on the Rechtestraat.
- Victoria’s Secret will open a store in the Mall of the Netherlands later this year.
- The former Hudson’s Bay Rotterdam store has been sold and will be developed into a multi-use property.