Debenhams opens its first store in Australia

Debenhams opens its first store in Australia

 

  • The store’s small-format layout – across two storeys and 3600sqm – is the first of its kind for Debenhams and is a notable shift away from the traditional department store format in Australia.
  • David Smith, Debenhams’ Managing Director, International, said:“International expansion in key markets is a strategic priority for the business. Shoppers in Australia spend more than $5.1 billion on fashion and $8.0 billion on beauty products a year¹ – add that to the fact that we know that our offering resonates and the next logical step for the business was to open a store in Australia”.

London, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading British retailer, Debenhams is extending its global footprint with the opening of its first store in Australia today (24 October).

The store in Melbourne is the first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group.

The store’s small-format layout – across two storeys and 3600sqm – is the first of its kind for Debenhams and is a notable shift away from the traditional department store format in Australia. The store features a unique mix of clothing and products from the retailer’s extensive portfolio of household British designer names including Jasper Conran, Julien Macdonald, Preen, Savannah Miller, Matthew Williamson and Jenny Packham. In-store services include style suite, beauty rooms and café.

David Smith, Debenhams’ Managing Director, International, said: “International expansion in key markets is a strategic priority for the business. More than 20 million shoppers visit our 175 UK and ROI stores each year and this includes a huge number of Australian consumers.

“Shoppers in Australia spend more than $5.1 billion on fashion and $8.0 billion on beauty products a year¹ – add that to the fact that we know that our offering resonates and the next logical step for the business was to open a store in Australia.”

Graham Dean, Managing Director of Debenhams Australia, said the international retailer has brought more than two centuries of experience and success to the opening of Debenhams St Collins Lane.

“The opening of Debenhams St Collins Lane is an evolution of our success with the Australian market, with online sales to Australia already the largest outside of the United Kingdom. We have a track record of getting retail right – Debenhams St Collins Lane is not a traditional store, and we are confident in this new offering in a popular area of the Melbourne CBD.”

Debenhams St Collins Lane opened yesterday and joins a portfolio of 243 Debenhams stores across 28 countries worldwide. The store will trade in line with CDB trading hours.

CONTACTS:
Debenhams Press Office
020 3549 6420
press.office@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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Amazon to create more than 2,000 full-time jobs for its new fulfillment center in North Randall, Ohio

New 855,000-square-foot facility will create more than 2,000 full-time jobs

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Aug. 25, 2017) announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in North Randall, Ohio, which will create more than 2,000 full-time associate roles with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“Our ability to expand in Ohio is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North American Customer Fulfillment. “We very much appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s arrival in North Randall and look forward to bringing more jobs and investment in the coming months.”

Amazon currently employs more than 4,500 full-time hourly associates at its two existing Ohio fulfillment centers in Etna and Obetz.

“Along with Team NEO and the Village of North Randall, the Cleveland Port Authority, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we are pleased to partner with Amazon to revitalize and bring jobs back to a property that has stood vacant for too long,” said Jobs Ohio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. “Amazon’s investment at a site where the nation’s largest shopping mall once stood will now support digital retail jobs.”

Amazon employees at the more than 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as electronics, toys and books.

“Words cannot begin to express what Amazon’s commitment to the development of its fulfillment center means for the Village of North Randall,” said Mayor David Smith. “This is a generational project that not only redefines the future of our community but the future of more than 2,000 Cuyahoga County residents who will be employed at the facility.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock starting on day one. The company offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 10,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.

The project is being developed in partnership with Seefried Industrial Properties.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Debenhams announces plans for new Magasin du Nord department store in Aalborg, Denmark in 2018

Debenhams announces plans for new Magasin du Nord department store in Aalborg, Denmark in 2018
Debenhams announces plans for new Magasin du Nord department store in Aalborg, Denmark in 2018

 

Magasin du Nord Store Planned in Aalborg, Denmark

London, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams is adding a seventh site to the highly successful Magasin du Nord department store chain in Denmark with a new store planned to open in Aalborg in 2018.

The7,500 square metre site is the latest addition to Debenhams’ highly successful wholly owned department store chain in Denmark which offers fashion, beauty, homewares and gourmet foods. Located in the fourth biggest city in country the new Magasin store will be an anchor site in Aalborg’s Frils Shopping Centre.

Debenhams acquired Magasin du Nord in 2009. Performance of the chain has continued to be strong with three Magasin du Nord sites tracking in Debenhams’ top ten stores in terms of turnover.

The £12m (100m Kr) investment into the new Aalborg site promise to bring a strong department store concept to the North Jutland costumer.

Debenhams International Director David Smith said, “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in Denmark in line with our strategy to drive our international expansion. The Magasin du Nord is extremely successful with a strong mix of contemporary brands. We look forward to welcoming new customers to our product offer in Aalborg.”

Notes to Editors

About Magasin

Magasin du Nord adopted its name in 1879 previously trading under the name of Emil Vett & Co. in Aarhus.  The brand has six department stores operating in Denmark and was acquired by Debenhams in 2009.

About Debenhams

Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 240 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands, and concessions.

In the UK, Debenhams has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear.  It holds the number two market position in premium health and beauty.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Stephen Jones, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

CONTACTS:
Emma Brown
0203 549 7154
emma.brown@debenhams.com

Debenhams Press Office
020 3549 6420
press.office@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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Debenhams announces international expansion with plans to open stores in Australia and Gibraltar

Debenhams announces international expansion with plans to open stores in Australia and Gibraltar
Debenhams announces international expansion with plans to open stores in Australia and Gibraltar

 

London, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams is to extend its international store network with new sites in Australia and Gibraltar in the pipeline.

The Australian store, the first in the Southern Hemisphere, is planned to open in the prestigious St Collins Lane precinct in September 2017. The store will be the first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group and will see the construction of 3,600sqm retail space over two levels.

Debenhams has also partnered with International Franchises Limited (IFL) to create two stores in Gibraltar taking over former BHS sites.

The Gibraltar stores will consist of a dedicated Homes store on Main Street, which will open September 2016 carrying collections by Debenhams’ Designers, Matthew Williamson, Julien MacDonald, Jasper Conran, John Rocha and Ben de Lisi. Redevelopment of a store in the International Commerce Centre will see a Christmas ‘pop up’ trade from late October 2016 until mid-January as modernisation also takes place. The site will open carrying the full department store offer in February 2017.

The partnership with IFL secures the jobs of all employees formerly working in the BHS stores and will also offer consumers in the region with unparalleled choice, value and quality from a host of credible brands.

Debenhams International Director, David Smith says, “International expansion is a strategic priority for Debenhams. We are delighted to be working with Pepkor on entering the

Australian market and International Franchises Limited in Gibraltar. By working with both partners we will introduce our unique mix of Designer and own brands to the regions. ” Graham Dean, MD Pepkor South East Asia Department Stores says, “This partnership heralds one of the most exciting Department Store stories in Australia and we look forward to opening the store.”

George Russo, Director of IFL says, “Securing Debenhams as a retail partner to take over the two BHS sites is a real coup in many ways for us. Not only have we been able to secure a considerable number of jobs but we are also delivering an improved retail offer to the Gibraltar public which is bound to have a positive halo effect on the high street shopping within the region.”

Debenhams’ entry into the Gibraltar market is also a first for the brand and will complement online sales delivering to the region. BHS has been trading in Gibraltar for 31 years since 1985.

Debenhams launched a stand alone ecommerce site for Australia in April this year. The brand is also to wholesale selected product lines to Pepkor-owned Harris Scarfe stores as part of a multi-channel strategy to service the region.

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 240 stores across 27 countries. Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

In the UK, Debenhams has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear. It holds the number two market position in premium health and beauty.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands. Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Stephen Jones, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

CONTACTS:

Christine Morgan
Debenhams Press Office
T: 07432139622
E: christine.morgan@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of Sainsbury’s Summer Series

BIRMINGHAM, UK, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Monday 11th May, Birmingham: Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the passing crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of two major events taking place in the city as part of the Sainsbury’s Summer Series.

The city centre landmark was transformed into an athletics training facility, with spectators enjoying a lunchtime exhibition from Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and British Universities champion David Smith.

The event was staged ahead of the world’s best athletes arriving in the city for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix next month – 7th June. Birmingham will also host the Sainsbury’s British Championships in July – 3-5th July.

Robbie Grabarz, who trains and lives in Birmingham, said: “Birmingham has a long history of athletics and it was great to give the people of the city a unique insight into how we train. It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm from people in Victoria Square, and I’m sure people in the city will be looking forward to next month’s Sainsbury’s Grand Prix and the Sainsbury’s British Championships in July.”

David Smith, aged 23, also trains in Birmingham. He said he enjoyed the chance to take athletics to the people of the city.

David said: “It was really fun to hold an exhibition in Victoria Square and show the public what the high jump is all about. The city of Birmingham always gets behind our British athletes and I hope people will turn out in force again at the Alexander Stadium this summer.”

Darren Sinclair, Zone Managing Director for the Central Region at Sainsbury’s said:“As the event partner for British Athletics, we are once again looking forward to a great Summer Series, with two major events planned on our doorstep in Birmingham. The Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix is sure to be a fantastic event to kick off our outdoor event season, and the region will no doubt be showing their support for our home grown athletes.”

High jump stars takeover Birmingham City Centre from Fast Track Agency on Vimeo.

Tickets are on sale now for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday 7th June and the Sainsbury’s British Championships on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July. For details, see: www.britishathletics.org.uk

Sainsbury’s is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury’s wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury’s School Games. For more information see: www.sainsburys.co.uk

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Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of Sainsbury’s Summer Series

Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of Sainsbury’s Summer Series