The apparel retail chain oodji, owned by a billionaire from St. Petersburg Dmitry Garbuzov, followed the example of other Russian retailers and closed all stores in Eastern Europe (Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia). The company decided to focus on the Russian market.
The apparel retail chain oodji, owned by a billionaire from St. Petersburg Dmitry Garbuzov, and included in the top 100 largest retailers of Russia, has left Eastern European markets. 16 oodji stores in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia were closed. oodji is not the only Russian retail chain, which has winded down its operations in Eastern Europe: Kari and Centro, footwear retailers, have also left the markets, although they earlier planned to actively expand there. Kari, owned by a former owner of Eldorado Igor Yakovlev, had 30 stores in Poland but then froze the chain development. At the moment, there are no Kari stores in Eastern Europe. A similar situation is with Centro, owned by a businessman Anatoly Gurevich. A few years ago, the company opened over 50 stores in Poland, today all of them are closed.
oodji began opening its stores in Eastern Europe in 2010. Due to the entry in the international market, the retailer even changed the spelling of the brand name — from OGGI (“today” in Italian) to oodji.
Simultaneously with the launch of the company’s development in Europe, oodji began manufacturing a men’s line of clothing and accessories. 2 years later, in 2012, the company entered the market of children's clothes and shoes with its Kids and Shoes lines.
In 2013, the retailer had about 16 stores in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. But already at the end of 2014 they go closed one by one. The company’s representatives do not comment on closing its stores.