NEW YORK — Saks Inc. has opened its first Saks Fifth Avenue store in Kazakhstan, in the city of Almaty.
The tri-level, approximate 91,000 sq. ft. store is located in the Esentai Shopping Mall which is the first of its kind in Kazakhstan. In addition to being anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, the Esentai Shopping Mall includes a large selection of branded luxury fashion and jewelry stores. The shopping mall is part of Esentai Park, a new mixed-use development which includes luxury residential and commercial towers as well as a five-star hotel which is expected to open in 2013.
The new Saks Fifth Avenue store reflects a modern, streamlined design and features a three-story high, Saks Fifth Avenue logo wall on the facade of the shopping mall.
Saks Fifth Avenue is known for its extraordinary personalized customer service, and the new store will include a VIP Club for both women and men and offer an ongoing calendar of special events such as fashion shows and personal appearances by designers.
Stephen Sadove, chairman and CEO of Saks Inc., commented, “We are very happy to open a Saks Fifth Avenue store in the growing and vibrant country of Kazakhstan. We are confident that the residents of and visitors to the country will be pleased with the beautiful store, the wonderful and distinctive merchandise selections, and the exemplary service offered by Saks Fifth Avenue.”
Aygul Amirzhanova, Chief Executive Officer of the VILED Group (the licensee for the store), commented, “We are extremely delighted to make history in Kazakhstan by opening the first Saks Fifth Avenue store in the thriving city of Almaty. The Saks Fifth Avenue store will certainly be a complete solution for all fashion lovers, filled with the latest designs of exceptional quality and offering extraordinary customer service. Our goal is to offer an unrivalled experience with special attention to details. We believe Saks Fifth Avenue will be a great addition to Kazakhstan, making a terrific contribution to the citizens of Almaty and the visitors to the country.”