BUONGIORNO PARIS: Groupe Galeries Lafayette has signed an exclusive franchise agreement with Eataly for France.

The retailer said on Thursday it will open the first French flagship of the Italian gastronomic concept in 2018 in a 43,055-square-foot building that it owns in Paris.

That’s located next to its BHV Marais department store, on Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, which is a stone’s throw from the future Galeries Lafayette Foundation that is due to open to the public in late 2016, as reported.

The culinary mecca marks yet another new project carried out by the group in the Marais neighborhood, following the renovation of the main BHV Marais building, completed in 2014, and the expansion of the men’s offer with the opening of dedicated outposts.

Eataly, which will include a restaurant and takeaway products, is to complement the food offering developed by Groupe Galeries Lafayette under its Lafayette Gourmet concept, the company said.

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