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Open a Shop in Austria

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Open-a-shop-in-AustriaRetail is one of the most prolific Austrian industries and foreign investors take advantage of the high purchase power of the population, as well as of the geographical proximity with Germany when deciding to open companies in this industry here.

Austria is made up of both urban and remote rural areas, which can be a great advantage for those who decide to open shops here. Also, the city of Parndorf is known as the capital of outlet retailers selling clothes and shoes in this country.

If you want to open a shop here and need information on the legislation regulating the retail sector, our Austrian company formation consultants can advise you.

What types of shops are successful in Austria?

Not only clothing stores are popular in Austria, even most of European citizens come here on shopping vacations. There is also the population which needs other goods, such as food and beverages, detergents and toiletries. In other words, opening a shop for selling FMCG products can be as successful as a clothing one.

Recent surveys indicate that retail will continue to dominate the Austrian economy in 2018 and a serious growth of online stores is predicted. However, opening a traditional shop in Austria will remain a good business idea. Choosing the right location with a good access to customers is very important when opening a shop in Austria.

Our company registration agents in Austria can assist those interested in setting up a shop in this country.

What does one need to open a shop in Austria?

Creating a business plan and registering a company are the first steps when considering opening a shop in Austria. With respect to the company formation process, it is very important for investors to know that the VAT number is essential when opening an Austrian shop.

Once the company is registered, the business owner must start find distributors for the goods he or she intends to sell. Also, appropriate storage facilities must be created for certain perishable goods. Their storage must be done in accordance with the Health Code in Austria. Certain labeling requirements must also be complied with.

For assistance in registering a business form with the purpose of establishing a shop in Austria, please contact us.


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Call us now at (+43) 720 3037351 to set up an appointment with our company formation specialist in Austria - Dietmar Erwin Ruttensteiner. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Austria.

As a Ruttensteiner Business Consulting client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Austria.

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The team from is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area. I would definitely recommend them to any entrepreneur decided to start his own business here.

Mihai Cuc, Partner of
Enescu&Cuc; Law Firm

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