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Monday, January 16, 2012

Gilly Hicks in Spain? That's the Rumor!

Gilly in Spain, dude?!  Oh yeah!  High-five!  LOL
Gilly Hicks en Españia?! Rumor has it that the Cheeky Cousin of Abercrombie & Fitch may be opening shop in Spain in the near future!

Along with its ambitious plans for Germany and the United Kingdom, Abercrombie & Fitch is pushing through in expanding in Spain. As we all should know, the Company began its retail presence in the nation on 30 September 2010 with the opening of its first Hollister Co shop. Since then, the HCo brand has opened 8 shops. The Abercrombie & Fitch brand then entered the Spanish market on 3 November 2011 when it swung doors to its Madrid flagship; it is now on track to open in Barcelona possibly in 2013. And now its seems that the Company is also accessing opportunities for its Gilly Hicks brand!

As Ana Fernándes, manager of A&F Madrid, shared with Modaes.es (a Spanish fashion retail online magazine), Abercrombie & Fitch is "looking" for retail opportunities for Gilly Hicks. If such a plan is indeed in motion, then it is currently in its early stages - scouting for possible retail spots to open up the first shop. Fernándes refused to offer furthermore details.

Where would it open? Naturally, the high contender is Madrid. That's where A&F and HCo first opened. Nevertheless, Spain's first Gilly Hicks could well open in some other city as a vehicle to test the market for the brand...similarly to the Gilly Hicks opening in Oberhausen, Gemany. Or not. Who knows. But Madrid is definitely the top choice.

As to when it would open, assuming that the plan falls through, we can speculate in 2013 or 2014 - no later than that.

The first Gilly Hicks in Spain! This is definitely something to watch out for!

Stay FIERCE!