The LVMH Group – which boasts an exceptional, meticulously preserved architectural heritage – will operate all the buildings that comprise the Samaritaine complex.

LVMH began a major renovation project when the site was closed in 2005 for safety reasons. 

In 2020, La Samaritaine is reborn to celebrate its 150th anniversary and once again welcome the public.

Key dates

2005: Despite major renovation work to comply with building code requirements, the Paris Préfecture de Police ordered the closing of the store for safety reasons.

2006: A job protection plan was negotiated with employee representatives and labor organizations for redeployment of La Samaritaine’s 725 employees.

2006-2009: Cooperation with the city of Paris to modify urban planning regulations and enable the creation of a mixed-use complex that both preserves the architectural heritage of the site and ensures the long-term positive economic impact of the site.

2009: Calls for projects from architects 

2010: The project submitted by the Sanaa firm was selected

December 2012: Building permits awarded

February 2013: Legal action challenging two building permits (Seine and Rivoli)

September 2015: Final administrative authorizations obtained and work begins at construction site