Louis Vuitton has ventured into the hospitality industry with its very first café and restaurant: Le Café V and Sugalabo V. The French luxury brand chose the Japanese city of Osaka as its location.
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Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo had announced to want to conquer Belgium with "a concept that was as of yet unheard of". Last week, it opened a pilot store thay may give an idea of the company's "Belgian concept".
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Yoga and sports brand Lululemon is opening a new 1850 sqm mega concept store in Chicago. The flagship comes with its own restaurant, fitness rooms and yoga studios, all with the goal of offering more experience to customers.
In a Belgian hypermarket that was forced to decrease in size, French retail chain Carrefour has opened its first Carrefour Café. That concept merges a convenience store with features of a restaurant, and will also be introduced in other locations.
The blurring trend continues: French supermarket giant chain Carrefour has opened its first restaurant in Paris. Officially, 'Bon Appétit!' is only a test, but if this establishment becomes a success, more will inevitably follow.
Coop has opened a concept store called Fooby in Lausanne. It is a premium foodmarket based on Coop's culinary online platform of the same name.
Fashion brand Gucci has opened a museum and a restaurant for fifty people in Florence. Three-star chef Massimo Bottura will serve high-quality meals there. A dish will cost between 20 and 30 euro.
An increasing number of clothing stores have found a new way to lure in customers: they offer drinks or even entire meals. One Mannheim-based fashion store even houses a two-star restaurant.