Galeries Lafayette Group
A responsible group and leading physical and online retailer with French roots and international standing
by Théophile Bader
Mindful of the need to steward our heritage, in 2008 we created our Corporate Heritage Division, which shares the company’s archives with researchers and the general public.
Two cousins from Alsace, Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn, open a sundries shop called Aux Galeries Lafayette, located at 1 rue Lafayette in Paris.
Opening of the Paris Haussmann department store with its dome designed by Fernand Chanut.
The first Galeries Lafayette store opens outside Paris, in Nice in southern France.
First outlet outside France with the opening of the Regent Street store in London (which closed in 1972).
Galeries Lafayette creates the La Maîtrise applied arts workshops.
Creation of the Monoprix banner.
The founding family is sidelined during the German Occupation and the company is placed under the administration of the Vichy government until the French Liberation.
Acquisition of Inno France and opening of the first store located in a shopping center (Rungis-Belle Epine).
Opening of the Maine-Montparnasse Galeries Lafayette store.
Acquisition of the Aux Dames de France banner.
Acquisition of the Nouvelles Galeries and Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV) banners, the Nice Cap 3000 shopping center and Cofinoga, a credit company.
Opening of the Berlin Galeries Lafayette, in a building designed by Jean Nouvel.
Monoprix signs a strategic alliance with the Casino group to take over the Prisunic chain.
Acquisition of the Marks & Spencer stores in France and opening of the Boulevard Haussmann Lafayette Maison store.
The Moulin family becomes sole owner of the Galeries Lafayette Group; Ginette Moulin is appointed Chairwoman of Galeries Lafayette's Supervisory Board and Philippe Houzé chairs the Executive Board.
Acquisition of Louis Pion/Royal Quartz.
Creation of Citynove, the company that manages and enhances Galeries Lafayette's properties.
Opening of a Galeries Lafayette store in Dubai.
Opening of a Galeries Lafayette store in Casablanca.
Acquisition of Didier Guérin and divestment of Monoprix.
Celebration of the dome's 100th anniversary and creation of an exhibition designed with Rem Koolhaas and his architectural firm, OMA.
Opening of Galeries Lafayette stores in Beijing and Jakarta, kick-off of the Galeries Lafayette Corporate Foundation project and announcement of plans to open flagship stores in Doha and Istanbul in 2016.
Divestment of LaSer Cofinoga; Acquisition of a significant stake in the Carrefour Group; Announcement of the project to open Galeries Lafayette stores in Milan in 2018; Opening of the Boulevard Haussmann Lafayette Gourmet & Maison store and of the 1st Galeries Lafayette Outlet store
Lease at 52 avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris for the future Galeries Lafayette store which should open in 2018; Launch of the new Galeries Lafayette brand identity and online shopping site
Acquisitions of InstantLuxe.com and BazarChic; Launch of the Lafayette Plug and Play accelerator; BHV MARAIS 160th anniversary; Launch of the new Didier Guérin brand identity which becomes Guérin Joaillerie
Openings of Galeries Lafayette stores in Istanbul and in Carré Sénart (France); opening of the Welcome and Shopping Center store near the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann; opening of a BHV MARAIS store in Dubaï; remodelling of the BHV PARLY 2 store in France
Opening of the Lafayette Anticipations Corporate Foundation; opening of a Galeries Lafayette store in Marseille Prado; acquisition of a majority stake in La Redoute
Passion for our customers
Daring to innovate
Striving for excellence
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