ARP (Advanced Retail Project), Rome-based Italian retail company involved in various market activities, has announced a series of new openings and projects.

On 27 October, through ARP, G-Star will open its first flagship store in Milan. The new boutique will measure about 400 sq. meters and will be characterized by the same store concept that was recently inaugurated in London, Florence and Rome. It will be based in a bigger historical palace in Milan’s city centre, in via Meravigli 2, at the corner of via Dante. By March 2015 at the latest, ARP will also open its Milan offices in the same building, which are expected to occupy about 400 sq. meters.

Other future projects include the opening of four more G-Star stores: two new ones will be inaugurated in Venice (Mercerie San Marco) and Madrid (Calle Serrano) by end 2014, and another one in Barcelona at the beginning of 2015.

ARP also operates with VF Group for The North Face brand (they already opened ten stores since 2004). They recently inaugurated two new stores in Spain, in Madrid (Calle Fuencarral 26 and Outlet Las Rozas) and soon will open in Munich in Kaufingerstraße 24 and inside the Pasing Arkaden shopping mall. By end of 2014 they will also inaugurate two new stores in Milan’s central Galleria Passarella; the first Eastpak concept store and, just next door, a Vans store – each of whose will measure around 120 sq. meters.

“Important groups and brands are always more focused on letting specialized companies manage what they can do best. For this important groups have signed agreements with us,” commented Lorenzo Bassetti, CEO, ARP. He manages his family company that registers annual sales of about €30 million, (70% from Italy). ARP has also been involved in opening various Ferrari stores worldwide, the Ferrari apparel collection under a licensing agreement, plus opening Illy Caffé stores internationally. In addition, they also manage an own sportswear brand - Mountain Affair - and further own the genuine Italian cuisine restaurant Molto. Until now Molto only operates in Rome, though they also expect to open in Milan in 2015.