With the departure of both River Island and New Look from the Meir, the future for Antwerp's main shopping street may look bleak. But the retailers aim to strike back: the shopping street of the future will offer more than just shops.
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British fashion chain River Island River Island has announced it will close all its stores in Belgium and the Netherlands. All the stores would already close their doors this spring.
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H&M subsidiary ARKET has announced the opening of a second Belgian store in Antwerp next spring. The new store will also serve a few Scandinavian dishes according to the New Nordic Food Manifesto.
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.
Ecover, a Belgian producer of ecological cleaning products, is opening a store in Antwerp where customers will receive cash in return for empty plastic bottles. The company wants to revive the discussion about deposits on such bottles.
Australian luxury cosmetics brand Aesop has opened its first Belgian store in Antwerp. The brand is famous for its sleek store and package design and 'luxurious' prices.
For the first time, The Belgian Chocolate House (the world's largest chocolate retailer, selling 1000 tonnes per year) has opened a store in a Belgian shopping street. Antwerp has had the honour of receiving the chocolate store, where products can be immediately consumed.
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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.
Aesop, an Australian beauty brand, is to open a first store in the Belgian fashion capital Antwerp. It would be the first own store for the chain in the Benelux.
German concept store chain Kauf Dich Glücklich will open its first non-German store in Amsterdam soon. Shoppers will be able to enjoy a mixture of interior design, cosmetics and fashion, all in Scandinavian style. Antwerp will soon follow.
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.
Streetwear and sneaker store chain Size? will open its first Belgian store in the IJzerenwaag in Antwerp. Size? says it is a story teller and the chain is also part of JD Sports Fashion.
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Irish fashion chain Primark will open a new store in Antwerp on 30 April. The store will be much larger than its current Belgian stores and serves as its flagship store in the country.
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.