J.B. Martin has decided to drop a plan to develop a network of multi-brand shoe stores under the Calcéa banner, although the French company owns some other brands and is also a successful licensee for brands such as Elle and Kenzo, among others. It has also put on ice a project to develop a chain of shoe shops in China, where it has sold its stake in a former joint venture with Arche. The company wants to set up between 10 and 20 more J.B. Martin stores in France and develop its franchising program in Eastern Europe. It currently has five stores in France and five franchises in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Georgia and the Baltic countries. The company broke even last year on sales of €55 million, up from €49.9 million in 2007, with 20 percent of the turnover made abroad. Higher sales of Kenzo men’s shoes were among the growth drivers.