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Little respite likely as Hong Kong retail rents slump to 2003 levels

As Hong Kong retail rents slump to levels not seen since 2003, retailers who appeal to domestic shoppers are beginning to have a stronger presence in the market.

Staycation theme for luggage label Lojel’s new K11 Musea pop up

Boutique luggage brand Lojel has launched an immersive pop-up store in Hong Kong’s K11 Musea, opening today, focusing on the concept of staycations.

QSR chain Pepper Lunch sold to investment fund J-Star

Japanese restaurant operator Pepper Food Service is selling its profitable Pepper Lunch chain to J-Star investment fund for US$79 million.

Havaianas invests $US50 million in Asian expansion plan

Undeterred by the advent of Covid-19, Brazilian flip-flop brand Havaianas is investing US$50 million into expansion of its retail footprint across Asia-Pacific between now and 2024.

Changi Airport and Jewel retailers resume operations

More than 80 per cent of restaurants and retail outlets have resumed operations at Singapore’s Changi Airport and colocated Jewel Changi shopping centre, as the city entered phase 2 of its reopening.

Bottega Veneta opens ‘invisible store’ in Shanghai

Kering label Bottega Veneta has just opened its first pop-up store post-Covid-19 at Shanghai’s Plaza 66 Mall, dubbed the ‘invisible store’.

Senreve opens first Hong Kong pop-up store

San Francisco-based online bag brand Senreve has opened a standalone pop-up store in Hong Kong, its first foray into a major city mall.

BMW’s ‘Art of Decoding’ experience in Hong Kong starts with a QR code

BMW is holding its first-ever art-driven motor show in its luxury class showroom in Wan Chai, Hong Kong this month.

Eslite Shenzhen store closes after Covid-19 woes

Taiwanese bookstore Eslite is closing its operations in Shenzhen following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The maturing mall mix: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur chief talks the future of malls

In May next year, Kuala Lumpur’s next supermall will open in the suburb best known for hosting the 1998 Commonwealth Games.  Pavilion Bukit Jalil shopping centre is being developed by the same team behind the downtown Kuala Lumpur Pavilion. Once completed, the 1.8 million sqft development will have a catchment of 1.9 million people, 85 per cent of them locals, the balance tourists. The centre will feature a 300,000sqft mu…

JW Anderson opens new store in South Korea

British fashion label JW Anderson has opened its second store in Seoul, South Korea with ceiling-to-floor glass frontage and pink Neon signage.

South Korea’s SMTown Cafe opens first store in Vietnam

South Korean chain SMTown Cafe is to open its first Vietnam store in Ho Chi Minh City.