Up-scale department store retailer Saks Inc is to open a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Almaty, Kazakhstan next year through a licensing deal with local retailer Viled Fashion.

The 91,000 square foot store will be located in the Esentai Shopping Mall. Due to open in August next year, the shop will include apparel for women and men as well as shoes, jewellery, accessories, handbags, fragrances, cosmetics, intimate apparel and children's apparel. 

"We are so excited to bring our first store to this part of the world and believe that Almaty, Kazakhstan, with its rapidly expanding affluent population, will be a great fit for Saks Fifth Avenue," said Saks chairman and CEO, Stephen Sadove.