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Brenninkmeijer is a Dutch family. Two members of the Brenninkmeijer family founded C&A, an international chain of clothing stores.


In 1861 the brothers Clemens and August founded the textile company C&A which is now a chain of clothes stores. Clemens and August were originally from Westphalia in Germany and started the company in 1841 in Sneek in Friesland in the Netherlands, selling linen. Sneek was later the location of their first store. In 1911 the company opened the first German store in Berlin and today there are more than 400 stores in Germany. C&A stores are family clothing stores which aim to provide fashionable clothing at a affordable prices.

Today C&A and other related companies are located in 16 countries throughout the world. Many of the companies they own are controlled through the COFRA group, based in Zug, Switzerland. The company closed its stores in the United Kingdom and Denmark in 2001. Recently, many new countries have been entered in Eastern Europe and the company has also opened stores in China.

For a period of time, Eastern Mountain Sports, Steinbach, Orbachs, Maurices, Millers Outpost and others were owned through the American Retail Group.[1] In the 1980s and 1990s, they owned the Comark group in Canada, which included Bretton's department stores, Clark Shoes, and Collacut luggage stores.[2]

The Brenninkmeijer family has a £19 billion fortune, according to the recent Dutch rich list in Quote 500 magazine.[3]


  1. ^ Yahoo company profile of American Retail Group
  2. ^ The Globe and Mail, "Meet the Green Family", 10 September 2008, p.B1
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