Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, Paris, France

The Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store are in Paris on the Boulevard Haussmann in the ninth district and belongs to the branch of Galeries Lafayette / Nouvelles Galeries Galeries Lafayette Group. In 1894, the cousins Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn opened Galeries Lafayette as a novelty shop and attracted quickly employees offices and small and medium bourgeoisie and after two years time, trade begun to enlarge quietly. In 1912 the new store was inaugurated with the Art Nouveau dome, glass and crowned by ten concrete pillars with its climax located 43 meters above the ground. He counted with 5 floors with balconies, 96 sections of sale, a tea room, a hairdressing salon and a library. It consists of bundles of ten stained glass, enclosed in a metal frame richly carved with floral motifs and it has a terrace where you can see Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The windows are all important to create the urge to buy in customers. Since 1958, the store launches ‘the 3j’ which is a sale at exceptionally low prices for three days that persists to this day. Currently, we find a lot of prestige brands, an area of 3,000 square meters dedicated to the sale of shoes, a large area dedicated to fragrances and beauty products, a large cellar and a whole store that attracts customers from everywhere being Chinese, the first buyers of the world, that’s why there is specialized staff who speaks Cantonese and Mandarin and there’s a section that receives the other Asian visitors with personnel speaking different languages (Thai, Japanese, etc. ). In total there are 5 other stores in the world: Casablanca, Dubai, Berlin, Jakarta and Japan.

Tips

Several tube stations are nearby the galleries: Chaussee d’Antin-Lafayette, Auber and Havre-Caumartin.
Even if you do not like much shopping, a visit is worthwhile to look at the beautiful structure of the building

 

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