By  on October 17, 2013

PARIS — Galeries Lafayette Group continues its international expansion with the inauguration Friday of a department store in Beijing, marking its return to China 15 years after the closure of its previous outpost in the country’s capital.

With a retail area of close to 350,000 square feet and 500 brands on offer, the six-story department store in the Xidan area is the retailer’s second-largest worldwide, after its flagship on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris.

The opening, which is expected to draw French actress Audrey Tautou and a host of Chinese celebrities, is the fruit of a 50-50 joint venture between Galeries Lafayette and Hong Kong-based I.T Limited that includes plans for the opening of 15 department stores throughout China in the next few years.

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