Koçtaş, Kingfisher’s 50% joint venture business in Turkey, opened its 35th store on the 19th October 2011. Located in the city of Ankara in the Eryaman district, the new store was opened by Ian Cheshire, Group CEO of Kingfisher plc, Alp Önder Özpamukçu, General Manager of Koçtaş and Turgay Durak, CEO of Koc Holding, Kingfisher’s partner in the joint venture.
The store layout has been inspired by the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and signifies a ‘next generation’ of store layouts for Koçtaş. Customers will find 35,000 SKUs, new decorating ideas and creative design solutions set out in the style of shopping streets, including food vendors and seating areas. The store covers nearly 9,000sqm and will employ 150 full-time staff.