Designer outlet operator McArthurGlen has appointed former Guess European vice-president Stephan Labelle to the newly-created position of chief operating officer.
Labelle, who was at Guess for 15 years, will report directly to Julia Calabrese, chief executive officer of McArthurGlen and joins the outlet business at a time of expansion with the 21st MacArthurGlen outlet near Hamburg, Germany set to open later this year.
“Stephan’s arrival at McArthurGlen comes at a very exciting time, with the pace of growth in our business continuing as the concept of outlet retailing is becoming clearly understood among more of the world’s leading brands,” said Calabrese.
Elsewhere, McArthurGlen has reported a significant increase year-on-year in both sales and footfall over the Easter weekend up 28% and 17.1% respectively when compared to the Easter weekend last year.
The operator said sales of designer collections at its outlets rose by 73.9% over the Easter weekend, compared to last year as shoppers bought into spring trends including pastels, florals and paisley prints.
McArthurGlen is also planning to open a further four centres, two in France, one in Belgium, and the Group’s first centre outside Europe – in Vancouver, Canada.
In all, the group is currently in development or in planning with almost 2.1m sq ft of new retail space, which also includes seven extensions to existing centres.