Business expansion
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Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.72 - Retail sale of footwear and leather goods in specialised stores

250 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
24 January 2021
Employment effect (start)
6 February 2021
Foreseen end date
15 March 2021


VanHaren, a Dutch chain of shoe retailers (and part of the German Deichmann group) has announced it will open 38 stores across the country. In total, this will provide jobs to approximately 250 employees. The chain is currently not active within the country but plans to open a significant number of stores, most of them in the former premises of the closed down Brantano stores. This is positive news for a number of ex-Brantano employees, who had recently lost their jobs after the bankruptcy of the the FNG group. VanHaren clearly stated its intention to recruit a number of the ex-Brantano employees.



Eurofound (2021), VanHaren , Business expansion in Belgium, factsheet number 103202, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/103202.