Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Landmark Group Launches First Two Stores in Lebanon

Strategic Move in Global Expansion Drive to Add over 340,000 Sq. Ft. of Retail Space

Dubai-UAE 28 December 2010 - Landmark Group, the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate, has announced its foray into Lebanon with the launch of two new stores for its leading retail concepts - Centrepoint and Max – in Beirut.
The launch of the two stores comes as part of the vigorous expansion drive adopted by the Group.
Micky Jagtiani, Chairman, Landmark Group, commented: “It is a great privilege to establish our footprint in Lebanon. The country has a thriving retail environment, with a lot of potential for new entrants. Lebanon offers Landmark Group the perfect opportunity to entrench our position in a market that offers a huge captive audience for our range of lifestyle products.”
Centrepoint, one of the flagship brands of the Landmark Group, and one of the largest lifestyle destinations in the region, brings together the Group’s core retail concepts Babyshop, Splash, Shoe Mart and Lifestyle under one roof.
Vipen Sethi, CEO, Landmark Group, said; “The launch of our Lebanon operations is an important step in our growth strategy. For us it is an important market as it gives us exposure to an audience that is clued on to the evolving lifestyle and fashion trends across the world. With an eight per cent growth in its GDP in 2010, the Lebanese market is also well-positioned to reap better economic benefits in 2011.”
He added, “The Group has an aggressive expansion strategy for Lebanon with plans to open 41 stores encompassing over 340,000 sq. ft. of retail space over the next five years.”
Adnane Chaaito, Territory Head, Landmark Retail Lebanon, said: "It is a very exciting phase for retail businesses like Landmark Group to enter Lebanon. The Lebanese people are as passionate about fashion and trends as the Landmark Group is about retail and creating tangible value through its retail offerings. Through leveraging our strengths, which include our greater understanding of the region’s aesthetic and cultural sensibilities, the Group brings a world-class retail environment for Lebanese consumers and we expect the country to become a significant contributor to its bottom-line."
Headquartered in Dubai, Landmark Group has a presence across all categories within the retail sector and diversified into areas such as hospitality and leisure. A leader in the Middle East retail industry with operations across 15 markets, the Group has successfully established its procurement might and offers a high value to customers.

About Landmark Group

Founded in 1973 in Bahrain, the Landmark Group has successfully grown into one of the largest and most successful retail organizations in the Middle East and India. An international, diversified retail and hospitality conglomerate that encourages entrepreneurship to consistently deliver exceptional value, the Group operates over 900 outlets encompassing over thirteen million square feet across Middle East, India, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan (franchise operation).
Landmark Group has a strong workforce of over 32,000 employees and provides a value-driven product range for the family through its core retail concepts: Centrepoint, Babyshop, Shoe Mart, Splash, Lifestyle, Beautybay, Iconic, Home Centre, Q Home Décor, Max, Shoexpress and E-Max. In addition to the brands developed in-house, the Group also holds the franchise rights for some of the world's leading fashion and footwear brands in the countries where it operates.
The Group has also diversified in the leisure, food and hospitality segments with Fun City, Gourmet Station, Spaces, Citymax Hotels, Fitness First and Foodmark, the restaurant division, which operates the Group's own and franchise food outlets.
For more information, please visit www.landmarkgroupme.com

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