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Robinsons Singapore heads to Middle East

Robinsons Singapore has teamed with leading local retail groups to launch the brand in the Middle East.

Jeweller Malabar to expand in Asia, Gulf

Indian retailer Malabar Gold and Diamonds says it will open 22 new stores in India, the Gulf and ‘the Far East’ over the next six months.

Pancake House heads for Dubai

Philippines-based Max’s Group has signed a contract to launch Pancake House in Dubai.

Dubai to host WRC 2016

Dubai will host the next World Retail Congress – WRC 2016 – the event’s 10th anniversary.

Marimekko Asia continues expansion

Finnish homewares retailer Marimekko Asia says it will stick to its expansion plan despite declining profits.

German giant buys Classic Fine Foods

German retailer Metro AG has paid $290 million to buy Singapore restaurant supplier Classic Fine Foods Group from private equity owned EQT.

7-Eleven heads to Dubai

Japanese convenience store brand 7-Eleven has signed a deal to enter the UAE.

Pure Gold opens at Changi

Middle Eastern jeweller Pure Gold has opened its first store inside Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Pure Gold plans Indian focus

Dubai-based jeweller Pure Gold Group plans to invest US$150 million on store roll-outs and expanding manufacturing facilities in India. Middle and upper class Indians love gold – to the point India’s government places restrictions on imports into the country to prevent cash outflow. As the per capita income of India’s population grows, more and more people are entering the middle class and see gold as both a status symbol and a safe investment. Pure Gold Group currently has 25 jewel…

Giordano makes African inroads

Giordano has become the first major international fast fashion brand to enter the African market of Zambia. The company will open its first store in Lusaka’s East Mall at the end of this month. “Most clothing brands operating in Zambia are from South Africa and can claim to have a Pan-African presence at best. I think Giordano will be the first genuine global clothing brand to come to Zambia with a global footprint of over 40 countries in four Continents with Africa now being the fifth…

Pure Gold for Changi

Pure Gold has become the first Middle Eastern jeweller to be granted a concession at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. It will open a jewellery store in Terminal 1. Pure Gold is a private family-owned business founded 20 years ago which now has 125 stores in the Middle East and Asia. It plans to open a further 200 by 2018, selling products sourced from its factories in China and India. Chairman and founder Firoz Merchant said Changi airport is one of the busiest and best perfo…

Crate & Barrel debuts in Manila

US homewares chain Crate & Barrel has opened its first store in the Philippines. The store is in Manila’s Mega Fashion Hall inside SM Megamall. SM Retail Group has partnered with Crate & Barrel to bring the brand to the Philippines and more stores are scheduled to open in Manila in 2015, before the chain spreads to other cities. Crate & Barrel’s US head of international visual merchandising April Young flew into Manila for this week’s opening, with director of construc…