Bloomingdale’s could open in Abu Dhabi second store in UAE

US retailer Bloomingdale’s is reportedly in talks to open its second international outlet in Abu Dhabi at the Sowwah Central mall when it opens in 2017. The premium US department store chain is looking to expand its footprint in the Middle East after the success of its first store outside the US, which opened in Dubai Mall in 2010, unnamed sources told WWD.

Bloomingdale’s Dubai is part of a US$73m joint venture between UAE’s Al Tayer Insignia and parent company Macy’s, and CEO Michael Gould told Arabian Business in October 2011 the response had been “terrific”. “Meanwhile, we beat our plan for the first year. They just ended their fiscal year three months ago and had a terrific performance and the first quarter of their new year, which just finished in September, has been spectacular,” he added.

Bloomingdale’s Dubai store