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Landmark Parisian Store Reopens in City Short of Tourists

  • LVMH renovated the building at a cost of 750 million euros
  • Samaritaine complex will include spa, hotel, social housing
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La Samaritaine, the landmark Paris department store that dates to 1870, is reopening in a city bereft of tourists following a 16-year closure.

Luxury group LVMH, which owns the store, carried out a 750 million-euro ($894 million) renovation and originally intended to reopen last April, until the pandemic derailed those plans. French President Emmanuel Macron joined on Monday in inaugurating the revamped store, which opens to the public on Wednesday.