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The history of this international network of retail clothing stores began in 1841 in the Dutch town of Sneek (Netherlands). The natives of Germany, the brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer, named their first store by the first letters of their names - C&A (although this name will appear later - in 1861). Success was not long in coming, the store turned out to be very attractive to customers, since the range of clothes offered there was quite large and varied. Gradually, other points throughout the Netherlands are beginning to open.
In 1911, the first store was opened in Germany, and in 1922 in Great Britain (here the company lasted until 2000). Further conquest of Europe will continue after the world wars, which the company experienced with great difficulty. So, after the end of World War II, no one thought about any expansion for a long time - it continued only in 1963, when stores began to appear in Belgium.
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To date, the number of stores C&A already numbered in the thousands, and they are located in dozens of countries (mainly in Europe). Main competitors C&A are H&M, Zara, topshop и Vroom&Dressman (V&D).
Headquarters C&A located in Germany, in Düsseldorf, where it was transferred in 1950. The company owns such well-known brands as Westbury, Yessica, Yessica Pure, Canda, Clockhouse, Your Sixth Sense and some others. The Brennickmeyer family still owns C&A, being the richest people in the Netherlands. However, they live in Switzerland, where taxes are lower.