Gap Inc., expanding its global reach, said Monday it signed franchise agreements for stores in Slovenia and Austria.
Magistrat International, a new franchise partner for Gap, will launch Gap in Slovenia. Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch Gap in Austria.
“Gap is known all over the world and we have grown our store presence significantly in recent years to help bring our casual style to more and more customers. We launched into five new markets last year: Hungary, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica, and with the opening of stores in Slovenia and Austria, we now bring our iconic brand to customers through stores in almost 50 countries,” said Gap brand president Steve Sunnucks.
Magistrat will open three stores this year in the capital city of Ljubljana. City Park, Slovenia’s largest shopping center, will house a freestanding Gap adult store and a freestanding Gap Kids and baby store. The Emporium department store will feature the full collection of men’s, women’s, kids and baby. The stores are scheduled to open by September this year.
Gap will also open its first store in Vienna this October through Gottex, which is a part of the Trimera Group. The Gap store will be located at the Donauzentrum Mall.
Gap Inc. launched its first franchise store in 2006 and currently has more than 300 franchise stores around the globe.