Eurostar will take UK fashionistas to new Galeries Lafayette department store in Lille, Northern France

17 Jul 2007

Opening on 28 September – the largest Galeries Lafayette outside Paris
Eurostar from London/Ashford to Lille from just £55 return
Bookings open now on www.eurostar.com or 08705 186 186
Eurostar, the high speed passenger train operator which links the UK with the Continent, today announced that it is partnering with the exclusive department store Galeries Lafayette as the principal transport operator carrying British shoppers to its new store in Lille, Northern France - the largest outside Paris - which will open its doors on Friday 28 September.
Just 1h40 minutes away from London by Eurostar, Lille has already shown hundreds of thousands of visitors why it has well deserved reputation for shopping – with designer boutiques, art galleries and trendy lighting and furnishing stores. With the new Galeries Lafayette located in the heart of the city, it is now even more a great destination for fashion addicts!
Galeries Lafayette will add a glamorous touch to the wide range of shopping opportunities in Lille, offering the latest and the greatest variety of high-quality fashion and accessories. More than 400 brands will be displayed throughout the three-storey, newly restored building located on Rue de Béthunes.
The store is designed to meet the needs of the most discerning shoppers. For relaxation and refreshments, there is "Le Défilé" restaurant offering superb menus and fine wines. For those wanting a lighter bite there is the "Lafayette Café" on the top floor, with magnificent views across Lille.
Travelling to and exploring Lille couldn't be easier with Eurostar. High-speed services link London Waterloo and Lille up to 10 times a day in just 1h40 minutes, while the Ashford – Lille journey time is just under an hour.
Journey times will reduce from 14 November 2007 when Eurostar switches to St Pancras International, with London - Lille in just 1h20 minutes. And from 19 November, Eurostar's new station at Ebbsfleet International, just off Junction 2 of the M25 and near the Dartford crossing, will offer journeys to Lille in only 1h10 minutes.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director of Eurostar, said: "Eurostar has quite simply put Lille on the map for British visitors, who are flocking to the city in ever increasing numbers on day trips and weekend breaks. Our partnership with Galeries Lafayette in Paris has been hugely successful and we are delighted that the new store in Lille will give yet another reason to visit this exciting city."
Christophe Cann, Sales Director of Galeries Lafayette said: "Lille and the surrounding region, with its growing economy and proximity to the UK, is a natural new location for Galeries Lafayette. We are delighted to be offering our UK clientele a stunning new store with an extensive fashion range and with the high levels of customer service that Galeries Lafayette is renowned for - only a short and convenient Eurostar journey away."
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Editor's notes
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London Waterloo (until 13 November), London St Pancras (from 14 November) Ebbsfleet (from 19 November), Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar will switch its London terminal from Waterloo International and begin services from St Pancras International on 14 November 2007. Journey times on High Speed 1, the UK's first high-speed line, will be London – Paris 2h 15min; London – Brussels 1h 51min; and London - Lille 1h 20min.
3. A new station at Ebbsfleet International, just off junction 2 of the M25 near Dartford crossing and Bluewater shopping centre in north Kent, will open on 19 November. Journey times will be 10 minutes shorter than from St Pancras.
4. Under its 'Tread Lightly' initiative, Eurostar has set a target of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per passenger journey by 2012. Independent research has already shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels generates 10 times less carbon dioxide than flying.
5. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
6. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates a vehicle shuttle service and the Channel tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
7. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk