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Gap to open flagship in Milan

MILAN Gap Inc. has announced the opening of its first Gap flagship store in Italy, one of the top five apparel markets in the world. Located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Milan’s premier shopping district, the contemporary flagship store will showcase Gap’s full apparel collections. The adjacent Banana Republic flagship store is planned to open in the near future.

“We are thrilled to take an important step in our global expansion and introduce both brands in Milan, a city that’s at the heart of fashion,” said Stephen Sunnucks, president Gap Inc. Europe and strategic alliances. “I’m confident that Gap’s cool, modern American design and Banana Republic’s affordable luxury designs will be well received by our Italian customers.”

The brand also plans to open an additional Gap store in Rome, Italy in 2011.