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Hello everyone,

In a formal invitation to an inaugural grand opening of a shop at a specific location, addressing 'Business Partners' in the opening of the invitation, is it ok to use the following in the closing?

I look forward to meeting you.

You see, I would normally use 'seeing' here, because, perhaps, I know those 'business partners' already, while 'meeting' would imply I haven't met them before, in fact -- or would it not, necessarily? How about 'meeting with you'? I need to keep the style rather formal,

Many thanks for any advice on this!

P.
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I look forward to seeing you.

Are customers invited, too?
CliveI look forward to seeing you.
Since it is an invitation to a specific event/location (rather than an undetermined future meeting), I would add there:

I look forward to seeing you there.

In Summary:


I look forward to seeing you. (generic, somewhat casual)
I look forward to meeting you. (first meeting, more formal)
I look forward to meeting with you. (generic meeting, more formal/businesslike)
or even
I look forward to showing you (everything our new location has to offer). (expresses anticipation and describes benefit of attending)
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CliveI look forward to seeing you.

Are customers invited, too?
Well, not explicitly in that particular invitation, which exclusively addresses 'business partners', but an event of this magnitude is definitely intended for current and potential new customers, too, of course.
SoSaysSunnyIn Summary:

I look forward to seeing you. (generic, somewhat casual)
I look forward to meeting you. (first meeting, more formal)
I look forward to meeting with you. (generic meeting, more formal/businesslike)
or even
I look forward to showing you (everything our new location has to offer). (expresses anticipation and describes benefit of attending)
Wonderful, thanks a lot!

'Meeting with you' seems to fulfill all the necessary conditions then. Perfect! Emotion: smile
SoSaysSunnyI look forward to meeting with you.
This means that you are expecting to have a meeting with them to discuss some topic. It will consume time.
SoSaysSunnyI look forward to seeing you. I look forward to meeting you
These mean no more than "Hi, how are you? Glad you could come!" There is no suggestion of a discussion.

Which do you wish to imply, petusek?
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Then I may have misunderstand SoSaySunny's suggestion.

1) no discussion of a particular topic intended - just having some fun, perhaps;
2) they (most, or at least some of them) have met before, I guess they know each other;

That's why my original suggestion was 'seeing'...but I've seen somebody claim that ¨meet with' is different from 'meet', so I don't really know now.
Mister Micawber[meeting with you] means that you are expecting to have a meeting with them to discuss some topic. It will consume time.
Yes. I meant to add that. Sorry for any confusion. ~ wince ~
I would not refer to customers as 'business partners' or as 'business friends'.
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