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J. Crew to open Asia-Pacific flagship stores in HK in May

One year after UK high street brand Topshop opened its first flagship store in Hong Kong, US high street brand J. Crew will launch its first Asia-Pacific stores in the city, according to Chinese fashion news website nofashion.cn.

The US retail giant is going to open a women's flagship store in Central's IFC Mall with an area of 3,200 square feet and a men's flagship store in On Lan Street with an area of 2,100 sqf.

J. Crew to debut Asia-Pacific flagship stores in HK in May

One year after UK high street brand Topshop opened its first flagship store in Hong Kong, US high street brand J. Crew will launch its first Asia-Pacific stores in the city, according to Chinese fashion news website nofashion.cn.

The US retail giant is going to open a women's flagship store in Central's IFC Mall with an area of 3,200 square feet and a men's flagship store in On Lan Street with an area of 2,100 sqf.

"Pop-up" stores on the increase across Australia

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Shopping centre landlords in Australia are joining their suburban strip counterparts by offering a larger range of ''pop-up'' stores to keep offerings relevant to customers.

The model of short-term leasing, while not new, is being reinvented due to the growth in the internet and need for online shops to connect with customers in the traditional mall.

The founder of online leasing company Pop Up Brands, Marianella Watman, estimates there are billions lost in sales by bricks and mortar stores to the internet.
 

In a change of pace, Indian e-tailers offer same-day delivery

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Are you a fan of online shopping? You have reason to cheer. You can bank on it for your last-minute purchases as e-tailers are now promising to offer same-day delivery. While international retailers such as Amazon are looking at drones to deliver a product in 30 minutes, Indian e-commerce players have many miles to go before they can hope to replicate the same.

Several e-tailers in India are testing the waters to garner more clicks. Industry players, however, say this may bleed the not-so-profitable firms further.

Zalora to launch marketplace, recruiting potential brands and designers

Online fashion retailer Zalora said on Thursday that it will launch marketplace in the first half of this year. With over 15 million visits per month to Zalora, marketplace will give independent fashion designers and sellers a platform to expand their business to Zalora's massive customer base and will increase the product assortment available to customers.

Coffee Bean eyes 12 more outlets in Malaysia next year

Source: 
The Malaysian Insider

Specialty coffee and tea retailer, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL), is looking at adding 12 more outlets in Malaysia next year.

Its Director of Marketing & Development, Fiona Rodrigues, said the company currently has 50 outlets nationwide, employing over 800 workers.

"We're now looking at new towns. Economic spending in Malaysia is not confined to the urban areas anymore. The next locations for us are Ipoh and Cyberjaya," she said in an interview with Bernama.
 

Jakarta traffic jams drive Minimart profit jump

Source: 
Jakarta Globe

Worsening congestion on Indonesia's roads has turned into a source of growth for Indonesian minimarket operators including Modern Internasional, which offers internet access, taxi services and a convenient place to buy everything from ice cream to batteries. Profit at the Jakarta-based company will jump 28 percent next year while earnings at rival Sumber Alfaria Trijaya are projected to rise 19 percent, versus 16 percent for the Jakarta Composite Index, analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg show.

Hefei ID Mall to rise in Eastern China in 2015

The Hefei ID Mall, a 170,000-square metre retail and office development project, is set to rise in Hefei, Eastern China in 2015.

Designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, the shopping mall will take up 110,000 square metres of the property across six levels. It will also have a 60,000 square metre high-grade office space in a 150 meter tower.

Starbucks continues India expansion with new flagship store in Bangalore

Starbucks opened its 30th store in India on Saturday - a flagship store in Bangalore located opposite Raheja Arcade Koramangala.

The store is spread over approximately 3,000 square feet and the store design takes inspiration from the architectural style and tradition of the Bangalore Bungalow. It also pays tribute to the significance of its location in Karnataka – the birthplace of coffee in India.

Miu Miu expands HK store

Miu Miu is pursuing its development in Asia with the expansion and transformation of its Hong Kong flagship store.

The prestigious 1,000 square-metre outlet on Peking Road carries the complete brand’s collections of ready-to -wear, footwear, handbags and accessories.

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