The French high-end department store chain Galeries Lafayette has entered Macau, the former Portuguese colony turned gambling hub on the Pearl River Delta. This marks the chain’s 4th store in China and its 2nd in the Greater Bay Area following the unveiling of the Shenzhen location in July 2023.
Together with the Resorts World Hotel, the latest Galeries branch forms a new commercial mega complex called YOHO Treasure Island on the shore of Nam Van Lake. The 45,000-square-foot Galeries Lafayette is situated on the Lowel Level of YOHO Treasure Island and offers impressive panoramic views of the lake. It also features a 7-meter-high light-up Eiffel Tower installation – the biggest replica of the iconic French structure in Macau.
The opening comes almost 1 year after Galeries inked an agreement with the domestic real estate developer Hopson Group, replacing its previous joint venture IT Limited. The new partnership aims to expand Galeries’ portfolio to 10 stores in China by 2025. Branches in Macau and Chongqing had originally been set for opening in late 2022 but development plans were postponed due to the pandemic.
With the new joint venture, Galeries Lafayette is renewing its focus on luxury brands, with which it hopes to convey “a certain vision of the French art of living”. Aligning with this ethos, the Macau branch is home to outlets of the world’s finest luxury fashion and beauty labels including Dior, Hermès, Loewe, Christian Louboutin, Maison Margiela, Diptyque, Lancôme, Estée Lauder and more. Among the 100 brands featured, 10 are entering Macau for the first time.