Harvey Nichols may soon compete head to head with leading Dutch department store De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, Drapers understands.
The Knightsbridge-based business is thought to be close to securing a property on one of Amsterdam’s prime retail streets, Rokin, a few minutes’ walk from the De Bijenkorf flagship on
Damrak, which is a continuation of Rokin. De Bijenkorf, which has 12 stores across the Netherlands, is owned by Selfridges Group.
Harvey Nichols is understood to be in talks with Amsterdam-based property developer Emmes to take space in its scheme called Rokin 55, which will include a Marks & Spencer store, due to
open in 2016.
The store would be Harvey Nichols’ first continental European opening. It is believed it will be operated as a franchise by an unnamed entrepreneur.
Speculation in the Dutch market indicates the store would not open before the second half of 2015.
Harvey Nichols said it “does not provide comment on market rumour or speculation”. The store group has franchise partners in Kuwait, Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.