Inditex defies Brexit: flagship in Cardiff and renovations in Manchester and Essex
The Spanish company has a network of 108 stores in the British market. Oysho and Uterqüe are the only chains of the group that do not operate in the country.
Although it might seem that the comings and goings of the United Kingdom with the European Union scare retailers, the business continues, for now, as usual. At least for Inditex, the largest fashion distribution group by revenue. The company that owns Zara will soon open a flagship in Cardiff. Also, the company just carried out reformations in two of its stores in Manchester and Essex.
These have taken place in shopping centers. On the one hand, Zara has just signed a contract to open a new store in the St David’s mall, located in Cardiff and owned by the real estate giant Intu. This was the same mall that Bershka chose to open its first store in Wales at the end of last year.
The young fashion chain was next to H&M, which has its regional flagship store in this complex, and Stradivarius, which opened in April 2018. On the other hand, Inditex star chain has just reformed the premises it owns at the Trafford Center shopping center in Manchester, and Lakeside in Essex, on the edge of Greater London.
Inditex has a history of more than two decades in the United Kingdom. Currently, the Spanish giant operates in the country with 108 stores. Of these, 63 correspond to Zara, 13 to Massimo Dutti, 11 to Zara Home, 8 to Pull & Bear, 7 to Bershka and 6 to Stradivarius. Thus, neither Oysho nor Uterqüe operate in the British market yet.
Inditex has also reformed its stores in shopping centers in Manchester and Lakeside
The first Inditex store in the United Kingdom was opened in 1998 on Regent Street in London through Zara. In 2003 Zara Home and Massimo Dutti also landed. Bershka’s turn came in 2005 and, two years later, Pull&Bear arrived at the British capital. Stradivarius landed in the country in 2014.
London was the protagonist of a new milestone in the history of Inditex in 2012, when the group chose the British capital to open its 6,000th store in the world. Specifically, this was reached with the opening of a new Zara flasghip store in Oxford Street.
The United Kingdom is one of the main Inditex market benches internationally. The high penetration of ecommerce in the country (the highest in Europe) as well as its maturity and closeness have often led to the British market being chosen to test new digital strategies.
In 2018, Zara opened a pop-up store dedicated only to online sales at the shopping center of Westfield, Stratford (London). The concept was later replicated, always temporarily, in Japan and Italy.
This year, the company also chose the United Kingdom to begin implementing the integration of Zara Home and Zara. The country was the first in which, since last September 17, the Zara Home collection can now be purchased within the Zara platform.
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