Tuesday, 6 April 2010

LVMH Plan To Transform The La Samaritaine Into A Hotel – 6/4/10

The LVMH group continue to innovate… with their business model covering wholesale to mono brand retail (think: Louis Vuitton, DIOR, FENDI etc) to multi marque retail department store Le Bon Marche, then to the renovation of La Samaritaine, a former Paris department store.

LVMH acquired the La Samaritaine department store in 2001, but closed it in 2005, saying the building was a fire hazard. Now, LVMH plans to convert the 141-year-old Art Nouveau structure into a hotel. Click here to find out more.

We thought it was interesting that the La Samaritaine’s website is still online with a short message about the department store’s closure, and a free call consumer information number.

La Samaritaine image, courtesy of wikimedia

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