Grandes Galeries Belges (Les)

Identity

Category

Firm

Alternative name or descriptor

  • Grand Bazar de Seraing (in Seraing)
  • Grand Bazar de la Rue Neuve (at Rue Neuve 13-15)

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Status

  • Connected

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Activity

1901 * - 1914 > Anvers, Avenue De Keyser, 68-70 [De Keyserlei]
Predecessor: Groote Bazar
Department stores. Firm founded by Ernest (° Idar-Oberstein [D], 14.1.1859; + 1914) and Victor Veeck (° Idar-Oberstein [D], 6.7.1863; + Idar-Oberstein [D], 19.10.1952) at the beginning of 1901 with seat in Brussels for the purpose of running department stores. Their younger brother Emile Veeck (see that name) was recorded here until 3.11.1903, when he left for Brussels. Emile had already lived at this address since March 1899 and was (co)proprietor of the Groote Bazar (see that name).
The opening of the Antwerp branch was announced for 23.6.1901 (Gazet van Antwerpen, 23.6.1901) and already advertising albums for photography in December 1901 (Gazet van Antwerpen, 22.12.1901). At the end of April and the beginning of May 1902, this branch was looking for a photographer for their in-house studio at this address (Le Soir, 2.5.1902). It is unclear if the studio actually got off the ground. Adrien Duchatel (° Lichères [Charente, F], 18.1.1863) was the manager from 1902. He arrived in Antwerp from Seraing, Rue de la Station, 19 where he had most likely managed the Seraing branch. Publishing picture postcards by 1903. From 1908 onwards, J. Bredael was listed as the manager. The department store was advertising at no. 62 by the end of 1920.
1901 * - 1914 > Ostende, Place des Armes, 6
Likely opened in the summer season of 1901. Publishing picture postcards by 1903. Uncertain if this branch also sold photographic supplies. Emile Veeck arrived here on 24.3.1904 and left for Brussels on 3.8.1905. L. Mathieu was the manager in May 1908 (Le Carillon, 21.5.1908).
1901 * - 1914 > Seraing, Rue de la Station
Publishing picture postcards around 1908. Uncertain if this branch also sold photographic supplies. Initially managed by a certain E. Duchatel (probably sic for Adrien Duchatel) and later by Ch. Bouchez.
1902 * - 1914 > Blankenberghe, Rue de l'Eglise, 20
Publishing picture postcards by 1903. Uncertain if this branch also sold photographic supplies. The branch at this address seems to have been sold in 1912, but they were still trading here in 1920.
1902 * - 1903 Herstal, Rue Saint-Lambert
Uncertain if this branch also sold photographic supplies. The store was completely destroyed by a fire in June 1903 (Journal de Charleroi, 29.6.1903).
1904 - 1907 / Bruxelles, Rue Neuve, 36-38
Successor: Tietz Leonhard
Selling cameras and photographic supplies here in May 1905 (Le Patriote, 31.5.1905). Emile Veeck arrived here on 16.8.1905. The store was acquired by Leonhard Tietz in January 1907. The firm also opened a branch in Rotterdam [NL] on 27.6.1904 (De Maasbode, 26.6.1904) which closed down in 1909.
1907 * - 1911 / Bruxelles, Rue Neuve, 13-15
Opening announced for 21.11.1907. Traded as "Grand Bazar de la Rue Neuve" at this address and published picture postcards under this name. Advertised photographic supplies in June 1910 (Het Nieuws van den Dag, 19.6.1910). This branch reportedly closed down on 18.4.1911 due to financial problems. Liquidated stock included cameras and photographic supplies (La Dernière Heure, 9.4.1911).

Locations

1901 * - 1914 > Anvers, Avenue De Keyser, 68-70 [De Keyserlei]
1901 * - 1914 > Ostende, Place des Armes, 6
1901 * - 1914 > Seraing, Rue de la Station
1902 * - 1914 > Blankenberghe, Rue de l'Eglise, 20
1902 * - 1903 Herstal, Rue Saint-Lambert
1904 - 1907 / Bruxelles, Rue Neuve, 36-38
1907 * - 1911 / Bruxelles, Rue Neuve, 13-15

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DIRECTORY_2017#2398

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Dates of creation/revision

MD new 14.6.2022; MD revised 15.6.2022, 16.6.2022, 17.6.2022 & 20.6.2022

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