24 February 2012
Just three months after opening its first South African store in Sandton, Spain’s Inditex Group, which is Europe’s largest fashion retailer, has announced plans to open a second Zara store at the Gateway Shopping Centre outside Durban.
The store, to open on 2 March, will be more than 1 700 square meters of retail space on a single floor in one of South Africa’s largest regional shopping centres.
Zara will offer a customised range of apparel for women, men and kids, with its collections tailored to meet the country’s climatic conditions. According to a statement this week, the company says that its store will stock the latest trends in garments and fabrics most appropriate for the season.
It will also constantly refresh its clothing collections, with new items being delivered to the store twice weekly.
The store will use materials such as resin and aluminium for furnishings and fittings and porcelain tiles for flooring, creating a light-filled environment.
“Zara’s South African customers will find a revamped store image, with display areas and furnishings designed to convey a sense of simplicity and elegance,” the company said.
“Neutral shades predominate in the store’s colour scheme, allowing Zara’s fashions to take centre stage.”
Zara opened its first South African store at the Sandton City shopping centre in November last year. Covering more than 2 700 square meters, the store is one of the company’s largest worldwide, and was opened with much fanfare.
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