Zara’s Parent Confirms Australian Stores for 2011

| 14 July , 2010 | 5 Replies

Zara’s parent company Inditex, has finally publicly confirmed plans to enter the Australian market. Woo Hoo!

Pablo Isla, deputy chairman and CEO of the Spanish based retail giant, confirmed at the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday that the company would open its first stores in Australia and South Africa “next year”.

While he did not identify which of the company’s retail brands will be rolled out in the new markets first, it is inevitable the best known and largest, Zara, will lead the way. (Insider Retailing)

This is soooooooo exciting for us!

Update: I’ve just been told by a reliable source from the European Head Office that Zara is definitely opening in Australia in 2011.  Stores will open first in Sydney and Melbourne (date to be set) with a planned national roll out at a later date.

We also have confirmation that Gap will open a store at Chadstone Shopping Mall in Melbourne next month and October for Sydney, they already have a localised website site up, visit and sign up now: www.gapaustralia.com.

Everyone talks about this being the first time GAP will enter our market, but it was here years ago but the prices were too expensive and they pulled out of our market.  There was a retail store down at The Rocks in Sydney, I can’t remember if it was part of DFO but I’m sure it was a stand-alone retail store. And they were at the international terminal as well.

Does that mean that my other favourite US stores will follow suit such as Banana Republic, Forever 21, and Sephora will follow?  And most importantly what about H&M?

I bet the first Sydney stores will be at the new Westfield CBD Malls!!!  I’m still hoping Victoria’s Secret will open in Westfield’s new mall, I asked for confirmation but they said no at this stage!!!  But I’m still hopeful.

We’ll just have to wait and see!  So exciting …

To celebrate I thought we could look at Zara’s current June 2010 Lookbook:

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Sassi
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  1. Zara in Australia is well over due – this is exciting!

    Luv, Friend in Fashion
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