Destination Maternity is to expand into Israel through an international franchise agreement with H&O Fashion Ltd, one of the country's most dominant fashion-retail chains.

Through the agreement, Destination Maternity will introduce its Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod, and namesake brands into Israel, with the first franchise locations expected to open in spring next year.

The brands will be sold through both shop-in-shops in select H&O stores as well as freestanding Destination Maternity stores.

"We are excited to announce our expansion into Israel with a market-leading retailer like H&O who can help us bring the Destination Maternity experience of great fashion and exceptional service to expecting moms throughout Israel," said CEO Tony Romano. "Working closely with H&O, we look forward to serving moms-to-be in Israel like no other maternity apparel retailer can."

H&O operates 45 stores in Israel under the H&O, Carters, and OshKosh brand names. Under the multi-year deal, Destination Maternity has granted to H&O the exclusive right to operate branded retail locations and market merchandise under three brands in Israel.

Destination Maternity saw the departure of its CEO Edward Krell in August after the company's failed bid for UK retailer Mothercare. The resignation came a month after the group reported a drop in third-quarter earnings and sales.