Urban Outfitters
by Stephen Garner

Urban OutfittersSpecialty retailer Urban Outfitters has inked a new deal with lifestyle retail group AZADEA for franchise opportunities in the Middle East.

Urban Outfitters has enjoyed significant success in the U.S. and abroad and is expected to do the same in the Middle East where new and unique concepts are anticipated. As part of this partnership, AZADEA Group will manage the brand’s expansion program, with the first store scheduled to open in Dubai in 2019.

“We are pleased to introduce the Urban Outfitters brand to the Middle East through our unique experiential retail environment,” said Stefan Laban, URBN Global Head of International. “We believe the Urban Outfitters brand will resonate well in the market and are confident that together with AZADEA Group, Urban Outfitters will be a success in the region.”

Urban Outfitters“We are delighted to welcome Urban Outfitters to our growing family of brands. Delivering entertaining and exciting experiences for our customers is at the heart of what we do at AZADEA,” added Said G. Daher, chief executive officer at AZADEA Group. “As there continues to be a high demand for experiential concepts, we believe Urban Outfitters will be very well received by our customers across the MENA region.”

AZADEA Group has been successfully operating more than 50 leading international franchise concepts across the Middle East and Africa for 40 years, with a growing portfolio of experiential brand concepts.

Urban Outfitters Inc. operates a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People and Terrain. The Urban Outfitters brand operates more than 240 stores globally.