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Tong Van

Tong Van

Tong Van was born and educated in Vietnam and travels around Southeast Asia frequently. A graduate of Ho Chi Minh City Law School majoring in Legal English, Van has been a content writer for several years. With Inside Retail Asia she has researched the Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders in Hong Kong for three years running and writes news. Her retail interests include fashion, health & beauty and food.


Aori Ramen chain collapses, hit by coronavirus, scandal

Japanese ramen chain Aori Ramen has declared bankruptcy after suffering from coronavirus and the boycott on Japanese goods in South Korea.

Third Uniqlo x Marimekko collection launches

Uniqlo has for a third time partnered with Finnish design company Marimekko to launch a new limited-edition collection Uniqlo x Marimekko.

Uniqlo Vietnam to open second store in Ho Chi Minh City

Uniqlo Vietnam is to open Ho Chi Minh’s second store this year despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliance Retail buys Indian department-store chain

Reliance Retail Ventures Limited has bought Indian retailer Shri Kannan Departmental Store for US$20 million.

H&M to supply protective equipment for hospitals

Sweden fashion retailer H&M is to supply protective equipment to hospitals as they fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Sunway Malls offers rent rebate during shutdown

Sunway Malls has offered a 14-day rent concession to its affected non-essential retailers, following the government’s movement control order.

Mega Don Quijote Uny store opens in Ichihara

UD Retail Co has opened a Mega Don Quijote Uny store in Ichihara, Chiba.

Venus Tears opens flagship store in Singapore

Singaporean and Japanese Bridal jewellery brand Venus Tears has opened a flagship store off Orchard Road.

Yum! Brands buys The Habit Burger Grill chain

Yum! Brands has bought California-based The Habit Burger Grill, adding its first fast-casual burger chain to its portfolio which already includes KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Malaysian retail expected to contract

Retail Group Malaysia predicts Malaysian retail sales will contract by 3.9 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year.

South Korea’s Crispy Chicken n’ Tomato expands in Japan

South Korean chicken chain Crispy Chicken n’ Tomato has expanded its retail network into Tokyo, opening 10 stores in the city this month.

First standalone M&S Food store in Singapore opens

Marks & Spencer has opened the first standalone M&S Food store in Singapore, located at One Raffles Place in the city’s CBD.