As New Look lines out its ambitions to increase its international footprint, Retail Week takes a look at the overseas strategies of the retailer and fellow young fashion retailers Topshop, River Island, Primark and SuperGroup.

New Look

Number of stores overseas: 549

Store locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Croatia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.

What’s next for the retailer overseas? New Look has said it is focusing its overseas efforts on four key markets: Poland, Germany, Russia and China.

The retailer will launch its first Chinese stores in spring next year. It has signed for six shopping mall stores and has 15 further stores in its pipeline in the Beijing and Shanghai area.

New Look is looking at acquiring its Polish franchise partner, which operates 10 stores, to accelerate its expansion there and boost its store count to 20 in the next year.

It is also eyeing a joint venture to grow its Russian estate, which stands at 21 stores.


Number of stores overseas: 58

Store locations: Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates.

What’s next for the retailer overseas? Primark is gearing up to roll out its first stores in France, with its first store set to open in Marseille before Christmas.

River Island

Number of stores overseas: 44

Store locations: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Georgia, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

What’s next for the retailer overseas: River Island is reportedly considering following in the footsteps of Topshop and plotting opening stores in the US.


Number of stores overseas: 147

Store locations: Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, France, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the US.

What’s next for the retailer overseas? Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green told Retail Week at the World Retail Congress in Paris that it was in advanced discussions with department stores in China to launch up to 40 pop-up stores.


Number of stores overseas: 154

Store locations: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, Macau, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

What’s next for the retailer overseas? The retailer is set to hit the expansion trail in Germany and will open in Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart in the next 12 months.

Turkey is also high on the agenda after the brand, popular with celebrities such as David Beckham, signed a five-year franchise agreement with franchise group Demsa Group earlier this year, and opened its first store in Istanbul’s Zorlu Project Mall in October. Two further stores in Istanbul and Ankara will open early next year.