Läderach – chocolatier suisse has signed lease agreements with Simon to open 15 stores across the U.S. from August through September.
Each store will feature more than 85 varieties of fresh artisanal chocolate directly from Switzerland. The stores will also include a FrischSchoggi counter, where chocolate lovers can select from varieties of Läderach’s hand-broken chocolate bark.
Because the company controls the entire production and distribution channel, Läderach's product freshness is second-to-none. World Chocolate Master Elias Läderach leads production and innovation, and all chocolate is made from bean-to-bar in-house, finished by hand, and brought directly to its 100-plus stores worldwide.
"We are proud to expand in the U.S. and bring the joy of our fresh premium Swiss chocolate to Simon properties coast-to-coast,” said Nathanael Hausmann, president, Läderach North America. “We've had high e-commerce demand of our chocolate for everyday consumption and gifting in these new locations for the past year and can't wait to bring our in-store experience to life there. A chocolate experience that will awaken all five senses because of our passion to deliver the freshest, highest quality chocolate possible,"
Läderach's 15 new premium chocolate stores in Simon properties include:
- California: Brea Mall, San Francisco Premium Outlets, Stanford Shopping Center, Fashion Valley
- Florida: Florida Mall, Dadeland Mall, Sawgrass Mills Mall
- Massachusetts: South Shore Plaza
- New York: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Walt Whitman Shops, Roosevelt Field, Smith Haven Mall
- Texas: Houston Premium Outlets, The Galleria
- Virginia: Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
"Shoppers love chocolate, and we are thrilled to have Läderach – chocolatier suisse join the mix of retailers to enhance our shoppers' visit,” said Miles Sutcliffe, director of leasing. “With over 85 varieties of chocolate directly from Switzerland, Läderach's relentless focus on creating a memorable, in-store chocolate experience is synonymous with our goals for our properties and retail partners."
Läderach's store openings build upon its retail and e-commerce expansion to satisfy the growing premium chocolate demand that started in November 2019 with its entry into New York City, Toronto and London.
In December 2020, Läderach opened its world's largest and 100th store in the world on Fifth Avenue in New York City. In June, Läderach opened two stores in South Florida, including Miami's Aventura Mall.