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Central Group closes Robins Vietnam online store

Central Group has closed its Robins Vietnam online fashion store to concentrate on its physical stores.

Central Group plans new formats in Vietnam

Thai retail conglomerate Central Group is planning to triple its Vietnamese businesses during the next five years.

Thailand’s Central Group to invest $512 million in Vietnam

Thailand’s Central Group has revealed plans to invest US$512 million in Vietnam over the next five years, to expand its retail operations.

Zalora Vietnam takes on Robins brand following merger

Zalora Vietnam has been merged with fellow Central-owned fashion brand Robins to become Robins.vn.

Robinson Thailand plans more border stores

Department store chain Robinson Thailand says it will open outlets in planned special economic zones to encourage cross-border trading.

Parkson Retail grows despite Vietnam drag

Parkson Retail Asia has reported increase sales and profit in the third quarter, largely due to pre-GST spending in Malaysia.

Central expects sales leap

Thai retail group Central expects a stronger second half financial performance pinning hopes on improving political stability. By year end, Central targets sales of 267 billion baht ($8.4 billion), up from 233 billion baht last year. During the first months of the year, Thai retailers experienced slowing sales due to the political turmoil, however business sentiment improved after military dictator Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control. Overseas visitors are now beginning to return, boosting re…

Thailand’s Robins expands to HCMC

Thai department store Robins is to open in Ho Chi Minh City, just four months after its Vietnam debut in Hanoi. Robins, owned by Central Group, has confirmed the second location, at Crescent Mall in District 7, will open in November. Central Group has signed Dubai-based Zebra Group to design the 12,000sqm department store, which will span four floors. Robins at Crescent Mall will offer thousands of products from local and international brands along with marketing programs that focus on int…

Central gives up on China

Thai retail giant Central Group plans withdrawing from China amid a tougher business environment. The company had already closed its Zen department store in Shenyang last year and now plans phasing out the Central department stores in Hangzhou, Shenyang and Chengdu. The company will shift its focus to growing its businesses in Asean countries and Europe. It is bullish about its potential in Europe, where it operates the acquired department store brands La Rinascente in Italy and Illum i…

Thai Robins opens in Hanoi

Thailand’s Central Retail Corporation has opened the doors of its first department store in Vietnam. Located within Royal City Vincom Mega Mall, the department store branded Robins spans 10,000 sqm and offers products from brands including Lancome, Clinique, The Body Shop, Mc Jeans, F&F and Samsonite. Central also operates New Balance, SuperSports and Crocs retail stores in Vietnam. The Thai retailer says Vietnam is a significant potential market because of its 90 million residents,…

Thailand’s OfficeMate heads offshore

Thai office supplies retailer OfficeMate plans to expand to neighbouring countries. It wants to take advantage of the new Asean Economic Community, which will take effect in 2015. The retailer, a part of Central Group, is eyeing Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia. CEO Worawoot Ounjai said the company is currently studying the Vietnamese and Malaysian markets where it plans to open its first international stores. Vietnam, where Central Group already operates retail stores like Robin…

Thai department store heads to Vietnam

Central Group, Thailand’s leading retailer, is expanding its presence in Vietnam with the launch of “Robins” department store. “Robins” brand will soon be occupying 10,000 sqm of retail space on the B1 level of Royal City, a modern mega mall project with over 200,000 sqm and over 5000 residential units in Hanoi, Vietnam. The department store will house over 100 brands including Mac Cosmetics, Clinique, Lancome, Body Shop, F&F, Mc Jeans, Samsonite, Giordano, Pacific Union, among…

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