U.S.-Based Retail and Restaurant Chains With Stores in Australia

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A growing number of U.S.-based retail and restaurant chains do business in Australia, and some of the most popular American retail chains have also become some of the most popular chains "down under."

Aussies are buying American brands at U.S. retail stores located in cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. American retail brands like Apple, Levi's, and ​McDonald's are finding favor with Aussie consumers. It doesn't look like the U.S. retail invasion is going to stop anytime soon.  

The History

Australia was often been overlooked by international retailers because of its comparatively small population—nearly 25 million in 2018 compared with more than 326 million in the U.S.—as well as its relatively isolated location and lack of city centers with a critical mass of consumers.

However, Australia has become a more popular destination for U.S. and global retail chains since the Great Recession, particularly those that were seeking to escape the flagging economy and overcrowded, competitive retail marketplaces in their own countries.

What's in It for U.S. Companies?

One big advantage for U.S. retailers doing business in Australia is the fact that there's generally no big cultural backlash with Aussies when American brands and retailers move into town (except when it comes to coffee chains such as Starbucks).

Australians already partake of a steady diet of American entertainment with American music, TV, and movies. Shopping in some of the largest U.S.-based retail chains seems like a natural and logical extension of the already pervasive American influence.

The List of Retail and Restaurant Chains

What follows is a list of some of the largest U.S.-based retail chains and restaurant chains that are doing business with Aussie customers within Australian borders. This list is arranged alphabetically by chain name and not by any type of ranking.

  • Apple 
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Babies 'R Us
  • Bose
  • Bridgestone
  • Calvin Klein
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Coach 
  • Crabtree and Evelyn
  • Crocs
  • Domino’s
  • Famous Footwear
  • Florsheim
  • Foot Locker
  • Forever 21
  • Fossil
  • Gap
  • GNC
  • Guess
  • Hooters
  • Hungry Jack's (Burger King)
  • Hush Puppies
  • KFC (YUM! Brands)
  • Kate Spade
  • Kmart
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Levi's
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • McDonald’s
  • Michael Kors
  • Microsoft
  • Mrs. Fields
  • New Balance
  • Nike
  • Nine West
  • North Face
  • Oakley
  • Payless Shoes
  • Pizza Hut (YUM! Brands)
  • Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids 
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Skechers
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell (YUM! Brands)
  • Target
  • TGI Fridays
  • Tiffany
  • Tom Ford
  • Toys 'R Us
  • Tumi
  • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
  • VANS
  • Victoria's Secret
  • West Elm
  • Williams-Sonoma