By Elsa Baxter
New outlet is retailer's 43rd store in the Middle East, chain plans further expansion.
The first Boots branded store has officially opened in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, the UK firm said in a statement Wednesday.
The new outlet in the Mall of Arabia is the retailer’s 43rd store in the Middle East, and executives plan further expansion in the region.
“Moving into Saudi Arabia is part of our continued strategy to making Boots a truly international brand, said Gordon Farquhar, managing director of Boots International.
“We now look forward to expanding our footprint across Saudi Arabia in the future,” said Andrew Powell, regional manager, Boots International.
The first Boots branded stores in the Middle East opened in May 2006 in partnership with regional franchiser M. H. Alshaya Co. Outlets are now operating in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE.
The day the opened the dream of Dubai was complete for me - I didn't need the UK anymore - believe me it's saved a fortune in excess baggage. However, just wish they would expand their product line and bring some of the amazing homeopathic stuff over here and their home lines - that would be brill. On the whole though - so glad to have Boots on my door step. Congrats
Totally agree, Brit. Boots was what was missing! -for us, no trip to UAE is complete without loading the car with stuff we miss from home. but yes, the homoeopathic range we have to get in UK, but you can get remedies sent from Weleda if you have a reliable postal service. Now, after the positive news from Jeddah, all we're waiting for is the Riyadh branch!