Schuhplus, the German mail-order retail specialist for extra-large men's and women's shoes, has acquired an Austrian-based competitor, SchuhXL Feldmann, from its former owner, Peter Feldmann, at undisclosed conditions. The group is now planning to enter Eastern European markets and to launch its website in new languages in the course of this year. It also aims to incorporate two new domestic online sales platforms during the first quarter. Schuhplus recently reported that it will invest €5 million into the construction of a logistics center of 800 square meters, with an integrated store, in northern Germany. The center should open in September and create 15 new jobs by 2025.

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