Dean & Deluca – Kuwait

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Dean & Deluca

A reader of the blog sent an email to inform me that Dean & Deluca will be opening in Kuwait before the end of the year. According to the reader the upscale gourmet food grocery store will be brought to Kuwait by Alshaya and that they are working overtime to try and have the place opened by Q4 of this year. I don’t know the accuracy of this information but if its true it would be something to look forward to. Alshaya launched the Dean & Deluca Cafe in Dubai early this year but they haven’t opened their store yet.


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  1. TripleM says:

    well..its true. The corner grocery store chain will be opening in both Kuwait and Qatar later this year

    “More Dean & DeLuca cafes are scheduled to open in the Gulf in 2008, including Kuwait and Qatar. The Dean & DeLuca cafĂ© is located in Burj Dubai, Old Town Commercial Island.”

    “M.H.Alshaya is one of the leading retail companies operating in the Middle East; and is the franchisee for more than 40 International retailer brands including H&M, Starbucks Coffee, MotherCare, Debenhams, Boots, The Body Shop, and Foot Locker. Based in Kuwait, Alshaya operates more than 1200 internationally branded stores across 13 countries: KSA, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, Egypt and more recently Poland. This network of stores is supported by an integrated pan-regional infrastructure, incorporating best practice activities in retail operations, merchandising, marketing, IT, logistics, real estate, human resources and financial control. Alshaya Retail employs more than 13000 employees from 37 nationalities. You can also access more information on our company at”

  2. Moey says:

    WOW, superb!

  3. A&B says:

    Zzzzzz what’s not alshaya here in kuwait? give the small businesses and individuals a fucking break. Oh yeah and your political representative failed miserably and made a fool out of himself. Your half Danish wife must be proud.

  4. jooj says:

    A&B, I agree with you. I also feel that owners of small business must be given a break (I am the owner of a small business) but I have to keep reminding myself this is capitalism and the downside of a free and open market. The customer is the determinant of what fails and what succeeds and not the government… and I when I get really annoyed I tell myself I can always stop shopping there:)

  5. Angelo says:

    Nice. Cannot wait to check it out when it gets opened.

  6. tazsub3 says:

    what is your point??

    You prefer not to have a franchise since al are with alshaya???

    In Kuwait their is a place for everybody, the small can have his client and the big also…

    Its all about how you run your business.

    Look at AL-Shaya fine dinning, especially Thai Chi, which recently closed ??
    Why did it fail ?? when it was full at the beggining ???

    Its all about how you run the business….
    I was a regular there they had a great young man as a manager (never knew his name)…then he left…..
    New big lady manager, with a bigger head then her bofy made sure that quality goes down and that no repeat customer comes back…..

    And thus its closed….

    To sum up….do your business well in kuwait you will succeed big, medium or small……………..

  7. SJM MUKI says:

    The most important part in opening SMALL business is believing in this SMALL business, Alshaya brought the biggest franchises and stores around the world and left the SMALL shops, boutiques for us. left the new ideas and genoen concepts for us, left the talent based businesses for us. Everywhere I go I find hundreds of places that should come to Kuwait, but it really needs hundreds of thousands of KDs. Let the big boys grab their opportunities and let us grab ours. There are a piece of everybody.

  8. Realist says:

    A&B I don’t think personal attacks are called for. I agree that Alshaya has partly ruined the retail and dining scene by importing big impersonal business that has no soul, and preffer big business over independent small businesses. Take a look at the avenues. Whatever said and done, Alshaya is changing the scene where before it would have looked like Layla Gallery. All you needed was a gun on your way out.

  9. A&B says:

    actually it does not matter for al shaya if it fails or not. They’ll just open up another starbucks and make up for the money they loss. There’s little risk for them if a new franchise fails. Don’t forget that alshaya probably has leverage in the government, so wether a small business does good, they will always be at a disadvantage.

    its okay to admit that you voted for haitham alshaya and love starbucks coffee :)

  10. M says:

    cant wait

  11. Realist says:

    A&B I can’t vote for Haitham even if i wanted coz he’s not in my district. I don’t think he has the experience to represent me in the first place. That doesn’t change the fact that personal attacks in general are not a cool thing to do. How about you attack Haitham with your real name ? That is a more fair way, even though it is still uncalled for.

  12. A&B says:

    If you kiss ass with your real name, I will consider your suggestion even though it is still uncalled for.

  13. Sushi says:

    That’s awesome but for some reason it doesn’t feel the same when they open these shops in Kuwait I dunno why. Is it just me?

  14. Realist says:


    You must be an idiot. I don’t see how you think that when I say that Haitham is unfit to be a member of parliament is kissing ass. Get a pair of glasses.

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