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Trespass planning European stores

Sports and leisure wear chain Trespass is preparing to open its first retailer-operated stores overseas with a clutch of store in continental Europe understood to be imminent.

The outdoor specialist is in the advanced stages of negotiations for “a handful” of stores on the Continent, a source said, although it is not known where it will make its first opening.

It is thought to be considering sites in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium, as well as Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic in Southern and Central Europe.

The family-owned retailer, which is based in Glasgow, has 160 units in the UK but has never operated stores outside the UK. It is sold widely in Europe and the Middle East via a number of franchise Trespass store operators, and wholesales in several major markets including the USA.

It has been on a steady domestic expansion drive adding between 25 and 30 stores in the past two years and the same number likely to be added by the end of 2014.

The retailer, which is represented by GVA in the UK, is moving towards a larger store format with requirements for new units of around 5,000 sq ft.  Currently its typical stores are between 1,800 sq ft and 2,500 sq ft.  It is looking for more sites out of town after a number of successful rollouts on retail and fashion parks.

It is preparing to open two new stores on retail parks in South Wales – at Newport Retail Park and Trostre Retail Park outside Llanelli.

Trespass was unavailable for comment.

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