The French department store group, owner also of La Redoute, Royal Quartz Paris, Louis Pion, Mauboussin and BazarChic, has hired Sandra Weber, a corporate finance expert formerly with Swiss retail group Rallye.
The French sneaker and sportswear chain has opened its first store in Belgium, within the City2 shopping mall in the country’s capital, Brussels. Two further openings are already on the cards on the city's outskirts.
Specialist footwear retailer Bata will be closing its 29 Swiss stores. The group made the announcement on Monday, justifying the measure with competition from online sales and the Swiss franc's strength.