Chaussea is entering the Italian market. The French shoe retailer has just inaugurated its first Italian store at the Globo shopping mall in Busnago, northeast of Milan. It will be followed by a second shop in Silvi Marina, near Teramo, then a third one in Bussolengo, near Verona, and a fourth shop near Turin, all before the end of the year. The arrival in Italy follows the opening of Chaussea's first store in Spain in March. Chaussea was founded in 1984 in Valleroy, near Metz, by Gaëtan and Michel Grieco, the sons of Italian immigrants from Basilicata. Today the company has a total of around 400 stores, and after the opening in Busnago, it plans to open 100 more stores in Italy by 2022, mainly inside shopping malls, in order to make Italy its second market after France. Salvatore Taccini will be at the helm of Chaussea Italia, the subsidiary that was established in June with headquarters in Limena, near Padova, in the heart of the Brenta shoe district. Prior to joining Chaussea, Taccini worked for other big retailers including Bata, Ovs and Piazza Italia. Chaussea said it also plans to form a special team for the design of its shoe collections, based at its Limena headquarters, in view of reshoring most of its production from the Far East to Italy. The company posted revenues of around €500 million in 2016, up by 15 percent from the previous year. It sells shoes at prices between €19,99 and €50.

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