Did you hear?... Andaska to open more stores

Andaska, the first and only outdoor specialty store in Paris, which opened in Spring 2001, is not resting on its laurels.

Andaska, the first and only outdoor specialty store in Paris, which opened in Spring 2001, is not resting on its laurels. It has announced plans to open another six or seven outlets in the next two years, not counting other retail opportunities it may get involved in based on the takeover of Marks and Spencer France stores by Andaska shareholder Les Galleries Lafayette. The second Andaska location is expected to be in Strassbourg in April (13,000 square feet), with two more planned for September -- one in central Lyons (10,000 square feet), and one in the upscale Parisian shopping mall, Les Halles (16,000 square feet). The plans for another six or seven in two years is only a start. Andaska has said it aims for a total of about 25 in the next five years. SNEWS® View: Andaska management and public relations staff have rebuffed or ignored several attempts by SNEWS® since March 2001 to be profiled, something that leaves SNEWS® editors perplexed since who wouldn't want free exposure to the trade. We therefore wonder what it is that Andaska doesn't want to talk about or -- to be appropriately suspicious journalists -- what it is hiding. SNEWS® sources in Paris have told us they don't believe the Andaska concept is completely successful since it has an odd mix of apparel from high-end highly technical to chic lifestyle to inexpensive knockabout items. And the store is located in a new area of Paris that is very upscale and targets very urban and lifestyle-oriented customers in a trendy open-air "mall," so the question arises about the market for the truly technical items. Perhaps with one of its owners Les Galleries Lafayette buying up old Marks and Spencer sites, Andaska wants to wait to talk publicly. Meanwhile, they leave everybody guessing.


Did you hear?... Jack Wolfskin opens its 43rd store

Jack Wolfskin is on a roll. On Oct. 4, the Germany-based outdoor company opened its 43rd store in Wuerzburg. That came on the heels of its 42nd store overall, in Zuerich, Switzerland, which is its second store in that country. That came just a couple of weeks after the company's ...read more

Did you hear?... Rip Curl has opened a new store in Chamonix

Rip Curl has opened a new store in Chamonix, the renowned ski resort in southern France. It will put an emphasis on trend and fashion in its mountain and surf collections sold there. The 2,700-square-foot two-level store, which opened Nov. 10, is almost directly opposite a Helly ...read more

Did you hear?... EMS opens new store in Boston

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), an outdoor specialty retail chain with 90 stores in the Northeast, Midwest and Colorado, added another 3,179 square foot store across from the Prudential Center in Boston, Mass. on Oct. 11. The store opening is part of EMS's strategy to further ...read more

Did you hear?... REI to open two stores in the Puget Sound area

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), announced that it has signed lease agreements to open two stores in the Puget Sound area by November 2002. The two stores will be in Tacoma, at the Rainier Place shopping center, and in Tukwila, at Southcenter. REI has also announced its plans ...read more

Did you hear?... Orvis opens 23,000-square-foot store

At a time when most retailers are thinking smaller and leaner, Orvis is bucking the trend. A new $7 million, 23,000-square-foot Orvis flagship store just opened for business on Historic Route 7A in Manchester, Vt., adjacent to the site of the original Orvis store which was ...read more

Did you hear?... Globetrotter to open its sixth store

Globetrotter of Germany is opening is sixth and largest store on March 2 in Berlin. Its current Berlin store will close when this one -- in a former central bus station -- opens. Already, Hamburg-based Globetrotter operates stores in Hamburg (2), Bonn, Dresden, Frankfurt, and ...read more

Did you hear?... MontBell America to open company's first retail store in October

MontBell America will be opening the company's first retail store on Oct. 1 in Boulder, Col., Jim Heiden of MontBell USA told SNEWS®. Heiden said the MontBell store will utilize 4,500 feet of the 6,700-squre-foot space, which was a Banana Republic store, for retail space, and the ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> OIA and Outdoor Retailer are offering a new benefit to OIA members. Beginning with Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, all OIA members will receive a 3 percent discount on exhibit space. Savings on a 20x20 booth space, for example, is more than $400 per year, businesses with 30x50 ...read more


Outdoor Real Estate: Arc’teryx, Timberland, Ibex, Marmot, Stio and Lucy all open new brand stores; Backcountry.com debuts distribution out east; and more …

Fall’s here, and that means a business rush to open new stores before the consumer holiday rush. In the outdoor world, the trend of late continues with more brands opening direct-to-consumer stores, but we also saw a few traditional outdoor retailers like Austin Canoe and ...read more