New expat shops open in Holland

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12 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — Two new expat shops are opening in Amsterdam and The Hague next week, just in time for the start of the Christmas season.

12 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Two new expat shops are opening in Amsterdam and The Hague next week, just in time for the start of the Christmas season.

Apart from a wide range of food products from Britain and the US, the shops will also have stock Turkeys, mince pies and other Christmas products.

Located at Sarphatipark 114 in Amsterdam and Frederik Hendriklaan 71 in Scheveningen, the shops open for business at 10am on Thursday 18 November.

Scheveningen is only 1.5km from the centre of The Hague.

The stores will operate under the name Thomas Green, a new retail business created by the online company Forage.

Forage's Chris Long said the stores — complimented by the online grocery business — will fill the gap left by the implosion of the Expat Shopping chain two months ago.

Long said Expat Shopping's difficulties stemmed from internal issues rather than a lack of demand within the expat community in the Netherlands.

"The Thomas Green concept was around for a while, but the demise of Expat Shopping speeded up the process," Long said.

Both stores are being managed by former employees of Expat Shopping.

US expat Sharon Salinas, who worked for Expat Shopping in Amsterdam, is running the Sarphatipark store.

"It's a stone's throw from the famous Albert Cuyp market so expats can combine a trip to both," she said. 

"There has already been very positive feedback from customers eager to get their food from home."

British woman Amanda Dunne was on maternity leave from her job as country manager for Expat Shopping when she heard the company had closed down.

"It has been a hectic couple of weeks. You wouldn't normally think of opening a store two weeks after getting the keys to the premises. But Christmas is around the corner," she said.
 
Dunne said the first 10 customers to her shop will get an English gift basket. Tea with scones and clotted cream will be served from midday to 3pm on opening day.

Both Salinas and Dunne said they also expect healthy custom from Dutch people searching for British and US products.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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