Spain’s market for mountaineering products was once again marked by consolidation in 2019. The big players got stronger, while the small players diminished in number, although there were fewer store closings than in previous years. Among the victims were Anayet Vertical, of Zaragoza, and MMallorca and Trekoon, both in Palma de Mallorca.
Camp Base was the only specialist to gain points of sale, although not as many as in 2018. All four of the Catalonian chain’s new stores opened in March, when the chain swallowed Izadi of San Sebastián on its owner’s retirement. Camp Base now has 10 stores with a total floor space of 4,750 square meters. All are in Catalonia and the Basque Country, but the chain might expand into other parts of Spain. The chain sells online under its own name and via Aresta.com, which it purchased in 2018. Overall sales for that year amounted to €3.3 million.
Barrabés Esquí y Montaña, although behind in store count, leads the Spanish market in both floor space (5,500 sqm) and sales, outdoing Camp Base by a factor of eight with €24.5 million for 2018. Its last store opening was all the way back in 2013, when it took over the old Más Montaña store in Madrid.
Camp Base and Barrabés entered the cycling market at about the same time. In June 2017, Barrabés merged with Mammoth, the chain of five cycling shops in Madrid. The next month, Camp Base and RavetBike together established a 400 square meter space for cycling next to the Camp Base store in Parets del Vallès, in Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Salomon, a part of the Amer group, established concept stores in Spain and Andorra in 2019. Until then the outdoor banner had only one store in Spain, the outlet at La Roca Village in Barcelona. It now has in addition a 200 sqm store in Madrid, a second, 175 sqm store in Barcelona and a first monobrand store in Andorra.
No outdoor banner operates more concept stores in Spain than The North Face. It added a flagship in Madrid in 2018 and is planning another for Barcelona. Other stores are also possibly on the way. It has also been expanding its presence within El Corte Inglés, the Spanish chain of department stores.