Godiva’s first boutique in Paris opened in 1958, on the chic rue St. Honoré. Then, in 1966, Godiva made its debut in North America, in Wanamaker’s, one of the most elegant department stores in Philadelphia. New York followed a few years later, in 1972, with Godiva’s first North American boutique, which opened on New York’s fashionable Fifth Avenue. At the same time, Godiva’s first boutique in Japan opened in the prestigious Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department store in central Tokyo. Hong Kong was next in line, and in 1998 Godiva’s first Hong Kong boutique opened in the upmarket department store, Sogo. Singapore followed in 2001, then Taiwan, in 2002.
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Godiva’s founder Pierre Draps created delicious chocolates until his very last days in 2012.
In 2007 Pierre Draps created a special range of chocolates for the renovation of the original Grand Place boutique in Brussels. Then in 2008 the Ulker Group purchased Godiva.
Two years later, Godiva opens its first café in China – at Xintiandi in Shanghai, plus its first Turkish boutique in Nisantası, Istanbul. Today, Godiva is available in more than 80 countries worldwide.