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|TechShop Makerspace Coming To Europe|
|With Leroy Merlin, a leading player in the French DIY market, TechShop announces its first location in Paris, France|
SAN JOSE, Calif.
, February 17, 2015 --
TechShop, Inc., a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations across the United States, today announced its first location in France. TechShop, with its first ever international license, will open this year in Europe with Leroy Merlin, a brand of Groupe Adéo, the third largest DIY retail company in the world.
TechShop offers members access to world-class tools, machines and training to enable them to turn their dreams into reality. With eight locations in the United States, TechShop plans to open a shop in St. Louis in 2016.
The first location in France, scheduled to open in Ile de France in 2015, marks the first location in Europe. TechShop enables the maker movement to further expand across the globe. The Ile de France growing population of makers can access resources from both TechShop and Leroy Merlin in a convenient, combined location. Leroy Merlin stores are DIY superstores focused on DIY, building, gardening and home decoration.
“Leroy Merlin aims to help individuals dream and fulfill their home improvements. Each day in France, our 20,000 employees place their expertise at the service of some 62 million members of the French population and their projects to develop a unique space,” explains Thomas Bouret, CEO of Leroy Merlin France. “The economics of collaboration and sharing is investing in new domains every day. The ‘Makers’ movement, favoured by the development of new technologies and data sharing, is one of the emblems of this. TechShop is a top-quality partner, which benefits from a deep understanding of these ‘DIY’ enthusiasts. Together, we are going to explore new horizons, as pioneers, creating spaces for manufacturing, education and community.”
“TechShop's mission in providing a transformational experience that fosters innovation and creativity is well aligned with Leroy Merlin's focus," says Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. "In addition to helping to spread the maker movement message and TechShop brand, Leroy Merlin will be sharing with us best practices in retail management. We believe this partnership will enhance and extend our brand both in the US and around the globe.”
In addition to Paris, last week, the Abu Dhabi Government’s Technology Development Committee (TDC) announced plans to open a TechShop location in Abu Dhabi in August 2015, the region's first DIY makerspace. The location will be a part of TDC’s newest initiative, the INNOVATOR program, designed to inspire innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the region.
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Leroy Merlin, pioneer branch of GROUPE ADEO, is the leading player in the French DIY market. Our purpose is to make your living environment yet more beautiful, comfortable and safe. Specialized in sale of products, projects and services, Leroy Merlin France has the following ambition: « helping each inhabitant to dream up his house and fulfill it ». The company places its customer satisfaction at the heart of its trade. It offers a large range of quality products (about 60,000 references) and proposes services (financing plan, delivery...) which anticipate and meet the needs of each inhabitant. More than 20,000 employees in 121 stores work to turn the dreams of the inhabitants into reality by offering a personalized service and helping customers in the design and the realization of their projects (fitting, do it yourself workshops…). The employees can benefit from a large choice of training and shareholding. Leroy Merlin France achieved in 2013 an annual global turnover of more than € 5,801 billion.
About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.
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