Macy’s has revealed that the first Bloomingdale’s store to open outside of the United States will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The new outlet is due to open in February 2010 as part of the firm’s strategic relationship with Al Tayer Group, a leading UAE-based company.
Two locations – a three level apparel and accessories store of around 146,000 square feet and a one level home store of about 54,000 square feet – will anchor the Dubai Mall, which will be one of the world’s largest shopping centres when completed later on this year.
The store’s merchandise assortment, upscale ambience and high level of customer service will be similar to Bloomingdale’s in the US, while being sensitive to local preferences and customs.
“This will be our company’s first overseas location, and we expect to learn a great deal about how our brands translate internationally,” said Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO of Macy’s. “Dubai offers a unique opportunity for Bloomingdale’s. It is a fast growing, affluent marketplace that has emerged as an international destination for tourism, sporting events and business.”