Maybury to open flagship store in Dubai

19/11/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Maybury to open flagship store in Dubai

A new concept store that will combine fresh grocery shopping with a unique dining experience is set to open in the UAE.Bosses at Maybury feel they are in a great position to take advantage of a gap in the market in Dubai, the Khaleej Times reports.Although the city has more than its fair share of food stores, the organisation believes there is a dearth of "neighbourhood-friendly" retail outlets.The new shop will be based in the popular Dubai Marina and the firm's culinary director Allen Smith is confident the locals will embrace the new concept."We consider this area a community and we want to be part of this community by offering the freshest food and best service," he was quoted as saying, before adding: "We've invested more compared to other concept stores. We hope people will respond positively … and we can help everybody get what they want."Having amassed 30 years of experience in the food industry in New York, Mr Smith certainly has the credentials to make his new UAE venture a roaring success.In a unique twist, the store will also feature a cooking studio, where Mr Smith will teach people how to rustle up tasty dishes. A deli cafe is also set to be built within the 10,000 sq ft complex.Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet and high-class stores and eateries fare very well thanks to the plethora of wealthy visitors who travel to the emirate.The city boasts some of the biggest and most luxurious malls in the world and it is little wonder that so many foreign investors are falling over themselves to secure prime assets in Dubai's thriving retail sector.According to the World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2012, the Middle East's mega malls are "booming" and savvy developers are now building state-of-the-art hotels right next to the most popular shopping districts.In doing so, hoteliers are boosting their occupancy rates, particularly when major events like the Dubai Shopping Festival are taking place.