The C&A group has decided to group together into a single headquarters in the Northern part of Düsseldorf various subsidiaries that are handling its European operations. The new 33,000-square-meter C&A Fashion Center will start up at the end of 2006 on the former premises of the Kaufring buying group, accommodating about 1,200 employees, including those who are in charge of purchasing, data processing and logistics. Meanwhile, Bart Brenninkmeijer replaces Mimi Lamote as general manager of C&A Belux, which operates 85 stores in Belgium, after working for C&A in France, the UK and Germany. C&A has been growing very fast in Germany, where it has opened 52 new stores since last March.