EUROPEAN LUXURY STORES
With a presence of luxury department stores in major and prominent cities across Europe, Central Group reaches its heights of becoming an international luxury department store leader, and prides itself in its strong and extensive collection of European luxury department stores
Founded in 1909, Selfridges, a luxury department store in the UK, is a landmark destination that's always providing new ways to surprise and amaze its customers in line with its vision to reinvent retail and purpose of imagining and creating a more sustainable future. From in-house cinema, restaurants, bars and skate bowl, to an extraordinary cultural program and ever-evolving roster of collaborators, Selfridges is a creative playground to discover and share new ideas. With 4 stores across 3 major UK cities: London Oxford Street, Manchester Exchange Square, Manchester Trafford, and Birmingham, alongside its digital offer, Selfridges is the only department store to be named Best Department Store in the World four times, and was also named ‘Best Retailer’ at the Positive Luxury Awards in 2020.
Brown Thomas, a name that is synonymous with luxury, integrity and beauty, was founded in 1849, and in just its first few years established itself as a landmark store on Dublin’s main throughfare Grafton Street, with customers returning for a retail experience that was stylish, sophisticated and brimming with flair. The store has been steadfast, and a reliable icon of grace and good taste. Today, Brown Thomas has a collection of six stores in Ireland; Dublin, Dundrum, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and BT2 Blanchardstown, ready to rival the best in the world. Brown Thomas was named Retail Excellence Ireland's National Retailer of the Year 2020 and Ecommerce Retailer of the Year 2021.
The history of de Bijenkorf begins in Amsterdam in 1870. From a small haberdashery shop, the business has flourished into a chain of seven luxury department stores nationwide; Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Amstelveen and Maastricht. The journey of de Bijenkorf is intertwined with that of art, culture, fashion and social development of the Netherlands. It is now the most inspiring, creative, and sustainable department store where everybody can feel special.
Ever since the decorative brass-clad doors were opened for the first time in 1843, Arnotts has been a landmark destination in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. A reliable family favourite with both Irish and international visitors, Arnotts offers a unique shopping experience like no other, and boasts an unparalleled collection of designer brands in fashion, beauty, homewares and more. Also with numerous restaurants, it is an ultimate go-to lifestyle destination of the city.
In 1907, Globus, a department store in Switzerland, first opened its door to welcome both local and tourist customers. With its extensive network of stores across all regions of the country; Zurich City, Zurich Bellevue, Geneva, Bern, Basel, Lausanne, Lucerne, St. Gallen, and Glattzentrum, Globus has been offering unique worlds of inspiration with international brands, exclusive products, sensual shopping experiences, and excellent service, thrilling guests with great passion and attention to detail.
KaDeWe, a part of The KaDeWe Group, is a luxury department store in Berlin, Germany, founded opened in 1907. With an impressive history of more than 100 years, KaDeWe has been a destination for local customers and tourists, standing for an extraordinary shopping experience, an international brands portfolio from designers to niche labels, and an excellent services and unique event formats of all sizes. Innovative and pioneering, it is among the most important department stores in Germany and one of the largest and most renowned in Europe.
Oberpollinger, a part of The KaDeWe Group in Germany, is Munich’s number 1 destination for well-curated designer fashion, beauty, home & living and more. Established in 1905, the opening of this luxurious department store was regarded to as a ‘breath of the big wide world’ to the surrounding community. Oberpollinger has continued to reinvent itself and offer an even better shopping experience catered to the demands of both local and international customers.
Alsterhaus, a part of The KaDeWe Group, is a luxury department store in Hamburg, Germany. Since it was opened in 1912, Alsterhaus has ever since impressed the people of Hamburg and travellers to the city with its magnificent façade including large-scale store windows and wide-ranging, curated assortment. Its high-quality standards are a constant since its opening until today. Customers can explore a unique mix of designer fashion, beauty, food, travel and home décor items in an exclusive ambience completed with a historic building and modern interior directly next to the city lake Binnenalster.
Established in 1865, Rinascente, a luxury department store under Central Retail, has developed its reach to cover a collection of 9 prestigious stores around Italy; Milan Piazza Duomo, Rome Via del Tritone, Rome Piazza Fiume, Florence, Turin, Monza, Palermo, Catania and Cagliari. Each store, located in historic buildings at the heart each main city, proposes itself as a great house of brands and a house of values to offer always-unique and high-level shopping experiences to its visitors. Rinascente has an online shop, launched in June 2020 and On Demand Chat&Shop service. In May 2016, the Milan flagship store was declared “Best Department Store in the World” by the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS), the leading international association of department stores. In 2017, Rinascente celebrated the 100th anniversary of its name, coined by poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. In 2022 Rinascente officially entered in the Italian register of historical brands.
ILLUM is located in the heart of Copenhagen and has since its inception in 1891 been a leading department store in Denmark built on a vision of exceptional quality, inspiration, and experiences. ILLUM offers a premium selection of Scandinavian and international brands within fashion, beauty, and design in a unique environment with exquisite service. In 2016, ILLUM was ranked the most spectacular department store in the Nordics and one of the most spectacular department stores in the world.
Our European Luxury Stores have over 100 years of heritage and share an unparalleled reputation for exclusivity, innovation, and experiences
Central Group’s Journey in Europe
Central Group began its expansion to Europe in 2011 through acquisitions and continuous store developments which have made Central Group a world-leading luxury retailer
The Redevelopment of Via del Tritone and Via dei Due Macelli in Rome
For Rinascente, it is fundamental to be part of the city fabric, to preserve its beauty and to help make it more and more usable for citizens. That was why in 2019 Rinascente has decided to fund the Municipality of Rome for the redevelopment of Via del Tritone and Via dei Due Macelli, the two important streets close to Rinascente Roma Tritone store.
Beauty Bar for Research Project (Charity)
Contributing revenues from Beauty Bar to support research projects of serious disease. In 2022, thanks to this project, Rinascente donated 71,737.6 euros to cancer research.
From April to August 2023, Selfridges launched a season of secondhand shopping, swapping, repairing, upcycling and trading with Worn Again. Throughout the scheme, they amplified their experimental ‘Reselfridges’ circular products and services, with a goal of making circular shopping fun, seamless and accessible for customers.
A sustainability strategy, setting out the vision to reinvent retail and change the way we shop and how we do business. Launched in 2020, it is ten-year plan to drive a genuine transformation through three pillars:
1. A shift to a MATERIALS culture in which brands and suppliers are transparent and responsible in their sourcing practices;
2. An investment in alternative shopping MODELS, all of which focus on extending the life of existing products and packaging through rental, resale, repair, refill and recycle
3. Changing the MINDSETS of teams, communities, and customers to create a truly inclusive retail culture in which people and planet come first in every decision.