PARKSON TO OPEN FIVE NEW STORES IN INDONESIA NEXT YEAR

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JAKARTA, June 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysian retailer, Parkson Retail Group, is

investing US$15 million to open five new stores in Indonesia next year, said

managing director, Datuk Alfred Cheng.

Cheng said the company was bullish on the Indonesian market as the political

stability has provided a fantastic foundation for the growth of the private

sector.

"Indonesia has been the most attractive country for investors as consumers’

purchasing power has been growing quickly," he told English daily, The Jakarta

Post, yesterday.

Parkson has a total of 108 stores spread across Malaysia, China and Vietnam.

In September 2013, Parkson will open its first store in Indonesia, which

will be located at The St Moritz within the Puri CBD in West Jakarta.

Cheng said Parkson’s retail chain in Indonesia contributed less than three

per cent of its total sales last year, while its stores in China contributed

around 70 per cent of the company’s revenue.

He said Parkson would open a store in Cambodia in the second quarter of next

year.

Executive director, Toh Peng Koon, said the five new stores due to open next

year would comprise one or two Parkson stores and three Centro outlets.

Toh said the company would only focus on the expansion of the Parkson chain

in Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan in its early years, while for Centro, the company

planned to penetrate four cities in Indonesia, in Sumatra, Kalimantan and

Sulawesi.

Centro currently has eight stores in Greater Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali and

Surabaya, in East Java.

"We will open one Centro outlet in Surakarta, Central Java, this year and in

Pekanbaru, Riau, by early next year," said Koon.

The daily reported today that at an early stage of its expansion, Parkson

bought Centro Department Store from Indonesia’s retail chain, the Sentosa Group

-- which also managed The Body Shop -- in June 2011.

The Parkson Retail Group booked US$852 million in revenue in 2011, an

increase from US$767 million a year earlier. -- BERNAMA

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