Modell's to "GO" International with Expansion Into United Arab Emirates


Modell's Sporting Goods slogan "Gotta Go To Mo's," is a perfect fit for the historic international expansion the 125-year-old retailer announced June 18. Retailcorp UAE LLC, a leading sports retailer of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is rebranding its existing GO Sport stores to Modell's Sporting Goods. The rebranding follows an expansion period for Retailcorp and the first store is set to open later this summer.

This will be the first Modell's Sporting Goods location outside of the United States. Modell's locations will include the Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Ibn Battuta Mall, prime sites in Dubai, which is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates.

Modell's is America's oldest, family-owned and operated retailer of sporting goods, footwear, active apparel and fan gear for men, women and children. Modell's was founded in 1889 in lower Manhattan and has grown into a chain of more than 155 locations.

"We are excited to launch the international expansion of our brand in the UAE," said Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods. "Retailcorp was an ideal partner given its standing as a regional and global retail hub. We anticipate a long and successful partnership in establishing Modell's Sporting Goods as a global retailer."

Added a Retailcorp spokesperson: "As part of our long-term business strategy, Retailcorp saw great potential in partnering with Modell's to achieve our long-term goals for the region. Our stores will shortly be re-branded to Modell's Sporting Goods and with this, we look forward to offering our customers a new exclusive and unique shopping experience yet to be seen in the Middle East."

Retailcorp is part of Istithmar World, a Dubai World company, and currently operates world-class mono-brand and multi-brand outlets.