South Holland Retail News Update February 2017: closing date for Marks & Spencer known, former V&D store to house Stradivarius and La Place in addition to Hudson Bay and Decathlon, Holland Outlet Mall development moves forward
As previously reported, senior management of the iconic British retailer Marks & Spencer announced in the 4th quarter of 2016 that it would close all M&S company-owned stores located in ten unprofitable foreign markets which includes the Netherlands. At the time of the announcement, no further details were available regarding when the stores would close. We now know that the Marks & Spencer store in The Hague will be closing at the end of October 2017. So enjoy the scones and clotted cream while you can expats, you’ve got 8 months left!
The former V&D department store in The Hague continues to undergo major renovations in preparation for a Summer 2017 opening for the newly arriving Hudson’s Bay department store. In addition to the Canadian retailer, other tenants include French sporting goods specialist Decathlon (the store, located on the lower level, opened in November 2016), food purveyor La Place (formerly owned by V&D, now owned by Jumbo) and Stradivarius, the international lifestyle brand from Spain’s Inditex group (which also owns Zara, Pull & Bear and Bershka).
And lastly, development plans for Holland Outlet Mall in Zoetermeer are moving forward. On 23rd January, the city council agreed to proceed with development of the project to the next phase, which entails the drafting of a cooperation agreement between the city and the developers, a traffic study and update of the original plans with current data. These all need to be presented prior to summer 2017 and will be decided on in early fall. More information here.