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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.

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Sephora Malaysia launches giant flagship store at Fahrenheit88

Sephora Malaysia has launched a new flagship store at Fahrenheit88 shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, the French beauty brand’s largest outlet in Southeast Asia. Located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Sephora Fahrenheit88 occupies a 17,000sqft area, featuring more than 10,000 products from 100 brands. “The opening of Sephora Fahrenheit8…

Bangkok’s Thaniya Plaza to be refurbished for the first time in 30 years

Thai developer Thaniya Group plans to invest more than US$33 million on renovating Thaniya Plaza, its first major makeover project in 30 years.

Braun Buffel unveils new store design at Ion Orchard

Braun Buffel has launched its new store concept at Ion Orchard in Singapore, creating a brand experience with multiple physical and digital touch-points. The store’s facade features Champagne-gold fonts against soft white frames. To create a modern look, marble stone tiles in light grey with streaks of white tones are used. Hand-brushed finishes on the cement provide a three-dimensional textured effect on both the floors and w…

Assa Abloy plans 500 Yale Smart Shop franchise stores across Asia

Locks and security-solutions company Assa Abloy plans to expand its Yale Smart Shop franchise network to 500 stores across Asia after a successful pilot in Toa Payoh, Singapore.

Tiffany Flagship Next Door opens in New York, a two-year-long pop up

Tiffany & Co has opened The Tiffany Flagship Next Door – a two-year pop-up store in New York City. Located at the adjacent 6 East 57th Street, the Flagship Next Door will serve as Tiffany’s New York City flagship store until the transformation of No 727 Fifth Avenue is complete next year. The store’s main floor features high jewellery and famous collections including Tiffany…

Harry Potter NYC flagship store brings Wizarding World to life

Warner Bros will open the world’s first official Harry Potter flagship store in the heart of New York City this summer. Located next to the Flatiron building at 935 Broadway, the Harry Potter NYC flagship store will feature the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world, together with special products including personalised robes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a range of house wan…

Masan Group to shutter hundreds of Vinmart stores

Vietnam consumer-goods company Masan Group says it plans to shut down hundreds of VinMart and VinMart+ stores it purchased from VinGroup last year. The company said they will open 10-30 new Vinmart supermarkets and close 100-300 Vinmart+ stores this year to focus on improving profitability of existing locations instead of following the program of massive expansion followed by the previous owner.

Liverpool FC pop-up store opens in Vietnam

Liverpool FC has partnered with CRC Sports to launch a merchandise pop-up store in Vietnam. Located at Estella Place shopping mall in District 2, the pop up offers fans a full range of New Balance replica kit as well as authentic Liverpool FC merchandise, apparel and fashion accessories. “Our new store in Vietnam will enable us to continue to expand our retail operations, so all…

Typo Vietnam stores open as Australian stationer stretches its Asian reach

Typo Vietnam has launched its second store in Ho Chi Minh City, a month after making its debut in the country. Located at Crescent Mall, the new Typo Vietnam store features a wide collection of gifts, decor and travel accessories. The Australian stationery brand also offers special products featuring characters from Disney, Marvel…

South Korean convenience stores wind back 24-hour service

South Korean convenience-store owners are cancelling 24-service as minimum wage rise has eroded profits. Last year, president Moon Jae-in launched a campaign to raise the hourly minimum wage by 29 per cent over two years. With night-shift employees earning time-and-a-half pay, franchisees have been struggling to pay part-time staff during the small hours. Not all stores traded arou…

H&M launches Monki in the Philippines

H&M Group is to launch Monki in the Philippines, the second Southeast Asian market for the Swedish fashion group’s diffusion brand. The first store for Monki in the Philippines will open later this year at SM Megamall in Manila and will be followed by a second at SM Mall of Asia. “Monki’s mission is to empower young women everywhere and help them feel good about themselves,…

RELX China flagship opens in Shanghai

E-cigarette company RELX Technology has opened its first RELX China flagship, and says it aims to have 10,000 stores globally within three years. Located in Shanghai’s CBD, the RELX China flagship occupies a 140sqm area, creating a space to educate existing adult smokers and vapers on RELX vapour products. “Consumers nowadays prefer immersive shopping experiences, and we want to …