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To date, 13 new brands have arrived in Czechia this year

29/06/2023

• Premium and luxury brands targeting Prague’s high street prevail

• This year will be marked by F&B concepts

 

According to currently available data, 13 new brands have arrived on the Czech retail market in the first six months of this year. Most of them are in the fashion segment (clothes and accessories – seven brands) and culinary concepts (F&B – three brands). The latter are set to dominate the new arrivals this year: at least six F&B brands should come to the country by the end of the year, and other brands already present will open new branches.

The first half of this year was marked by the arrivals of premium and luxury brands. Handpicked, a premium Italian men’s wear and accessories retailer opened in Prague’s Dlouhá třída, and Swiss RADO watches and the luxury French fashion items of Zadig & Voltaire are newly available in the nearby Široká Street. The premium brand Eden Park is another French fashion seller newly arrived to Czechia, opening their store in Prague’s Palladium shopping centre. New premium brands in the country also include Germany’s sports fashion retailer Absolute Teamsport and Slovakia’s Kellys bicycles.

The world’s largest premium lingerie retailer, Victoria’s Secret is clearly the biggest name among this year’s newcomers to date, having opened its first store in Prague’s Westfield Chodov shopping centre this May.

Jan Kotrbáček, Partner & Head of CEE Retail Agency team, Cushman & Wakefield: “For a long time, Victoria’s Secret was one of the most sought-after brands (along with Primark) that were unavailable to customers on the Czech market. The store in Prague’s Chodov enjoys great demand among shoppers thanks to its concept, good quality products, the strength of a global brand, and a highly elaborate marketing approach. The label is a love brand for a huge number of girls and women all over the world, who are generally the best and most worthwhile customers for the retail industry. The initial weeks of the Prague shop’s operation have shown clearly that both the goods and the concept are very popular in Czechia.”

Table 1: Retail brands arriving in the Czech Republic in the first half of 2023

Brand

Origin country 

Sector Location  Address/Project  City     
 Absolute Teamsport  Germany Sports fashion Outside city centre  Voroněžská  Prague
 Aperol Spritz Terrace  Italy  F&B  High Street  Masarykovo nábřeží    Prague
 Be Silly  Belgium  F&B  High Street  Korunní  Prague
 Eden Park  France  Fashion  Shopping centre  Palladium  Prague
 Handpicked  Italy  Fashion  High Street  Dlouhá  Prague
 Kellys  Slovakia  Sports       Shopping centre  OC Atrium  Hradec Králové     
 Macron  Italy  Sports fashion  Outside city centre  Dyjská  Prague
 Nexterio  Poland  Furniture & household equipment    Retail Park  Park & Shop Ostrava    Ostrava
 Nova Post  Ukraine  Others  Outside city centre     Pod Višňovkou  Prague
 RADO  Switzerland  Accessories  High Street  Široká  Prague
 Rossopomodoro  Italy  F&B  Shopping centre  Palladium  Prague
 Victoria's Secret  USA  Fashion  Shopping centre  Westfield Chodov  Prague
 Zadig & Voltaire  France  Fashion  High Street  Široká  Prague

 

Jan Kotrbáček, Partner & Head of CEE Retail Agency team, Cushman & Wakefield: “The retail market is mostly about innovation and new ideas, quality products, and a strong story. For newly arriving, active and successful brands, these are the key drivers of their further growth and their ability to stay on the market in the long run. Czech customers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, requiring product quality and originality. This is conducive to the growth and expansion of luxury and premium brands: an abundance of them keeps arriving on the market and the established ones are thriving.”

We can look forward to the arrival of more new luxury brands in the latter half of this year. A globally famed fashion brand, Ralph Lauren will open its first store in the country in Prague’s Pařížská Street, having previously marketed only its more affordable ranges under the Polo brand in the Fashion Arena Prague Outlet. The new shop at Pařížská 26 will also carry the top-of-the-shelf items in the brand’s offer. Another fashion brand, Jimmy Choo (which previously used a store close t the Old Town Square for a decade) is opening a dedicated new shop in an attractive prime location near the Vltava bank in the vicinity of the recently refurbished Fairmont Hotel, Miloš Forman Square and the Faculty of Law. The quality of the retail environment in this specific part of Pařížská is and will continue changing and improving radically. This is in particular the impact of the new schemes that will expand the supply of retail space in Pařížská by almost one fifth: Prague’s most luxurious hotel the Fairmont Golden Prague, which is and is scheduled for reopening next year following a major refurbishment project, and the newly remodelled prime building at Pařížská 25.

The high street has been the destination of five newly arriving brands during the first half of this year. Four brands opened in shopping centres (in Prague and Hradec Králové), three in out-of-town streets, and one in a retail park in Ostrava. Apart from the US-based Victoria’s Secret, all the newly arriving brands are European; three come from Italy, two from France, and other countries are represented by one brand each.

F&B to prevail this year

Multiple new concepts are set to expand the Czech culinary market this year – to date, three brands have arrived and more are yet to come. The Aperol Spritz Terrace opened on the premises of Galerie Mánes with a view of the Vltava river and Prague’s skyline. This is the largest terrace of the brand, which also runs this concept in Milan, Venice and London where it is included in the Eataly food hall.

Another Italian F&B arrival is Rossopomodoro, a Neapolitan pizzeria with its new branch in Prague. Tapping the Czech’s insatiable appetite for pizza is also the first Prague branch of the US-based Domino’s, which has been operating in Brno since 2019. The popular L’Osteria will open its second pizza place in Prague in the new Masaryčka scheme. Belgian-style refreshments are offered in the Be Silly bistro.

Foodies have a lot to look forward to in the second half of the year as well. The biggest new arrival will be the opening of the first branches of the American fast food Popeyes. The Bottega Prosecco Bar & Restaurant at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, the Chuck & Frida street-food concept in the Port7 scheme in Holešovice, Slovakia’s Kaliforňan poke house in Brno, the Natoo healthy snack shop at Prague’s Main Train Station, and The Alley teas from Taiwan at Na Příkopě will certainly find their fans.

Jan Kotrbáček, Partner & Head of CEE Retail Agency team, Cushman & Wakefield: “Customer demand for meals served as part of attractive, original and quality concepts is growing all over the world, and this is the case in the Czech Republic also, with new concepts continuously arriving and doing well. Obviously, that attracts more and more concepts and operators to the market. Experience is the name of the game these days and culinary experiences are no exception, and everything that is ‘in’, including restaurant concepts, is being shared on social media. As a result, the successful brands are usually those that offer solid quality products, top-notch service, fresh ideas and constant innovations.”

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Michaela Sedlbauerov
Michaela Šedlbauerová

Head of Marketing Czech Republic • Prague

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