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House of Fraser makes Middle East debut

House of Fraser on Wednesday debuted its first store in the Middle East with the launch of the World Trade Center Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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House of Fraser prepares to make Middle Eastern debut in Abu Dhabi

Image credit: The Mall at World Trade Centre Aldar
House of Fraser will open its first store outside of the UK and Ireland in Abu Dhabi later this year, as it prepares to anchor The Mall at World Trade Centre. Expected to launch early in the second half of the year, House of Fraser’s new store will occupy three levels, joining H&M, BHS, Ted Baker and Pandora at the new shopping centre.

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LVMH in new joint venture to open luxury mall in Abu Dhabi

The District Mall. Image credit: LVMH/ TDIC
French retail conglomerate LVMH is set to develop a luxury shopping mall in Abu Dhabi under a new joint venture with The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC). LVMH-sponsored private equity fund L Real Estate will now look to develop a 168,000 sqm shopping centre on the Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

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House of Fraser set for Middle East expansion
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It’s thought House of Fraser is preparing to take its department stores overseas as it considers a Middle Eastern expansion for 2013. Sources cited by the Sunday Express have said the group expects to test the water next year with its first store opening in Abu Dhabi.

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Asda kicks off Middle Eastern expansion

Asda yesterday launched a 5,000 square foot George fashion store at the Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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M&Co to enter the Middle East

Scottish apparel retailer M&Co has announced plans to enter the Middle East with four new outlets, according to the Scotsman.

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US womenswear retailer Kate Spade is planning to expand across the UK and Europe if its first standalone stores in London prove successful.

The company opened a 1,800 square foot store in Chelsea this week and a second smaller store in Covent Garden will follow later this month. Kate Spade also trialled a pop-up shop in London's Covent Garden in October this year.

It has been reported that the brand is already eyeing locations in London, Paris and Berlin and also that the company may push the button on a roll-out if its debut stores proves successful.

Kate Spade is currently experiencing a period of international growth and is set to open three stores this autumn in Dubai, Kuwait City and Abu Dhabi in order to add to the 89 stores it already operates in Asia. The company also signed a joint partnership to open stores in China.

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Marks & Spencer has announced it will open a new store in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates.The retailer will join forces with the Al-Futtaim Group, who has worked M&S for over ten years in the region, opening 14 stores.The opening comes as part of a brand new expansion plan in the Middle East for M&S, with launches in Muscat, Bahrain City and Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall also on the horizon.As My Retail Media reported in May, M&S plan to open ten new stores across India and six in China as chief executive Marc Bolland pursues an “evolution not revolution” strategy for growth.

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The department store is set to become an anchor tenant for its first venture in the region.

Currently on track for a late 2012 opening, the Emporium at Abu Dhabi’s Central Market will house around 150 fashion boutiques over eight floors.

House of Fraser's reputation as a one-stop shop for luxury items is likely to prove popular with the UK expat community which forms a large part of the capital’s consumers.

Fred Douglas, Director of retail leasing at Aldar, the Emporium’s developer, said House of Fraser’s move to Abu Dhabi underpinned the confidence retailers have in the region.

Aldar will also be completing work on Al Zeina, which will host another Waitrose outlet as well as the Yas Mall which is set for completion in 2013.



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Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has reported the city plans to double its retail space by 2015 by another 900,000 square metres.According to Hannah Jeffrey, head of the Dubai based firm, “there is still significant demand for a better retail offering in the capital, particularly on Abu Dhabi Island.”Jeffrey went on to say that "Many of the malls are yet to be completed, therefore the true impact of quality retail space being delivered is yet to be felt."With Dubai named the world’s most popular retail city by CBRE last week, it is likely investors in Abu Dhabi will be keen to compete with their regional rivals.

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