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Start a Retail Business in Poland

Start a Retail Business in Poland

The Polish retail sector represents an important opportunity for business. The macroeconomic climate in the country and the stability of the GDP encourage investors who  want to enter the Polish market. 

Foreign investors in Poland who want to enter the retail market should be aware of all the aspects related to company formation and start-up as well as the laws governing foreign investments. Those who want to open a Polish company can rely on the services provided by a specialized company incorporation agency.

The Polish retail sector

The Polish retail market is stable in terms of supply and consumption. Market performance remains good, with the number of new shopping centers growing.

The retail sector consists of various sub-sectors like lifestyle, clothing, specialty goods, home appliances, supermarket chains, and others. The sector includes small and large companies alike, with foreign and domestic retail companies. Several large international retail chains are present on the Polish market. Company mergers and acquisitions are not uncommon in the Polish retail sector.

Opening a company in Poland

Retail businesses in Poland can take the form of one of the existing types of legal entities. Most retailers choose to open a limited liability company or a joint-stock company but individuals can also act as a natural person, in the form of a sole proprietor.

All companies must be registered with the Polish commercial register. International retail chains can open a branch in Poland or a subsidiary.

From a tax point of view, corporations are subject to larger taxes and reporting requirements compared to the Polish partnership or the sole proprietorship. If you want to register a company in Poland our experts can give you more information on the mandatory minimum share capital for corporations.

After having incorporated the new company, retail shops need to lease appropriate premises to conduct their activities. The location can present important advantages but there are also some important tax considerations when choosing to rent premises. Our Polish company formation experts can help you conclude the lease contract.

You can contact us if you have questions about the retail market in Poland or any aspects related to doing business in the country.