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Shops and Shopping in Bangkok, Page 10, Robinson’s stores, Bangkok, Thailand
Shops and Shopping in Bangkok, Page 10, Robinson’s stores, Bangkok, Thailand
Shops and Shopping in Bangkok, Page 10, Robinson’s stores, Bangkok, Thailand

Robinson Department Store is a Thai department store chain. It was established in 1979 and was merged with Central Group in 1995. It is positioned as a mid market retailer

The Central Group of Companies is a family owned conglomerate holding company in Thailand that is involved in retailing, real estate, hotels and restaurants. Among its subsidiaries are Central Pattana, which is the largest developer and operator of shopping centres in Thailand and the Central Retail Corporation, Thailand's biggest retail conglomerate.

Tiang Chirathivat started a general merchandise store in 1947 in Samphanthawong district, Bangkok's Chinatown. In 1957, Tiang's son, Samrit Chirathivat, opened the first Central Department Store in Wangburapha, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok. The company's property development arm, Central Pattana was founded in 1980, and opened its first shopping centre, Central Plaza Lat Phrao in Chatuchak district, Bangkok in 1982.

Central Pattana is the retail property development and management arm of the Central Group, Central Pattana was founded on June 17, 1980 with a registered capital of 300 million Baht. The company became registered as a public limited company in 1994 and was listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1995. The company operates eight shopping malls in Bangkok, including Central World, as well as shopping centres in Chiang Mai and Chonburi. Expansion plans in 2010 - 2012 such as Central Plaza Udon Thani renovation from formerly Charoensri Complex, Central Plaza Chiang Rai, Central Plaza Phitsanulok, Central Plaza Rama IX, Central Festival Chiang Mai and Central Plaza Rama IV Project at Lumphini Park.

Central Retail Corporation is the largest retailer in Thailand, operate three Department Stores

( Central Department Store, Zen and Robinson ) two Supermarkets ( Tops and Central Food Hall ) and five Specialty Retail Stores ( Power Buy - Electronics Store, Super Sport - Sports Store, B2S - Books Entertainment and Stationary, HomeWorks - Home Improvement Centre and Office Depot - Office Product Stores )

Central stores are positioned as an upper-market chain. It has 12 stores in Bangkok and branches in Pak Kret/Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Pattaya and Phuket. It compares to such US retailers as Macy's.

The Robinson department store chain was established in 1979 and was merged with Central in 1995. The company has branches in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Patong Beach, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ayutthaya, Ratchaburi, Sri Racha, Chanthaburi, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Chonburi, Khon Kaen. Also there is an expansion plan in 2011-2012 such as Trang, Chiang Rai, Phitsanulok, Rama IX in Bangkok and Surat Thani. It is positioned as a mid-market retailer, similar to such US chains as Sears.

Robinson’s stores, Bangkok, Thailand

Shops and Shopping in Bangkok, Page 11, Chatuchak Market