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Macy’s and Bloomingdale's stores to open in Abu Dhabi in 2018


Cincinnati -- Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores plan to open in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018 as part of a strategic partnership with Al Tayer Group LLC, a UAE-based company with diversified businesses. This will be Macy’s first international store location and the second for Bloomingdale’s.

The Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores will anchor Al Maryah Central, a new 3.1-million-sq.-ft. super-regional shopping destination on Al Maryah Island being developed by Gulf Related, a joint venture between Related Companies and Gulf Capital. The Macy’s (205,000-sq.-ft. on four levels) and Bloomingdale’s (230,000-sq.-ft. on four levels) stores will offer a merchandise assortment, ambience and customer service similar to each brand’s shopping experience in the U.S., while also being sensitive to local preferences and customers.

The stores will be operated by Al Tayer Group under license agreements with Macy’s Inc. Al Tayer Group also opened and operates the Bloomingdale’s store which opened in Dubai in 2010.

“As a spectacular new world-class shopping destination, Al Maryah Central provides an outstanding opportunity to introduce Macy’s to customers who live and work in the booming UAE market, as well as to visitors who come from around the world for events, business and holidays,” said Terry Lundgren, Macy’s chairman and CEO. “Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s already are well known globally. They are destinations for international tourists to the U.S. and play an important role in popular culture domestically and globally.”

Lundgren also said Macy’s is studying global omnichannel retailing, and how physical stores fit into the international omnichannel equation.
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