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Milestones

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MILESTONES

 

  • 1947

    1947

    • Khun Tiang Chirathivat started the family business 1947 Central Trading was opened in row-house to sell books and other merchandise
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  • 1956

    1956

    • Opened Central Wang Burapa, our first and biggest department store in Thailand.
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  • 1964

    1964

    • Central Department Store Rajaprasong was opened in the heart. of Bangkok
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  • 1973

    1973

    • Central Department Store Chidlom was opened as “One-Stop Shopping” store
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  • 1978

    1978

    • Central Restaurant Group was launched introducing Western-style fast food to Thailand.
  • 1980

    1980

    • Central Pattana was established
  • 1983

    1983

    • Central Plaza Ladprao was launched with a department store, retail shops, hotel and office building
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  • 1992

    1992

    • Central Department Store Kad Suan Kaeo the first upcountry store was opened in Chiang Mai
  • 1993

    1993

    • Bought franchise for Marks & Spencer in Thailand
  • 1994

    1994

    • Founded by CENTRAL Group, the first Big C Superstore was opened and known as the first “Superstore” in Thailand. In 1997, CENTRAL Group entered into a partnership with Casino Group, a leading retail and distribution
  • 1995

    1995

    • CENTRAL Group entered into a joint venture with Watsons, a leading chain of health and beauty stores and pharmacies operating across Europe and Asia.
  • 1996

    1996

    • Tops Supermarket was established as a joint venture between Central Retail Corporation and Royal Ahold Company Limited.
  • 2002

    2002

    • Took major shareholding in the World Trade Centre and renamed it Central World
  • 2004

    2004

    • Began a joint venture with Royal Ahold to operate Tops Supermarket
  • 2010

    2010

    • Opened Central Department Store in HangZhou
  • 2011

    2011

    • Expanded to Europe; took over la Rinascente, a renowned local department store in Italy
  • 2013

    2013

    • ILLUM, a luxurious Scandinavian department store in Denmark, was acquired by Rinascente.
  • 2014

    2014

    • Opened Central Embassy, the most luxurious department store in Thailand.
    • Opened Central Department Store of Grand Indonesia Mall.
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  • 2015

    2015

    • Signed an agreement on the acquisition of 3 luxury department stores in Germany KaDeWe, Oberpollinger and Alsterhaus. As well as the joint venture with NguyenKim, no. 1 electronic retailer in Vietnam and LANCHI, the supermarket chain in Vietnam.
    • Opened CentralPlaza WestGate, the most complete “Super Regional Mall” in Southeast Asia.
    • Opened CentralFestival EastVille, “The New Nature Experience of Bangkok”.
  • 2016

    2016

    • Central Department Stores in Jakarta, Indonesia (Neo Soho; opened in Sep 2016)
  • 2017

    2017

    • Rinascente Department Italy, Rome (opening in 2017)
    • Central Plaza 2 new projects opening in 2017: Mahachai and Nakornratchasima
    • Tops Plaza 2 new projects opening in 2017: Udonthanee and Pichit
    • Central Group agreed to a 17.5-billion-baht joint venture with JD.com, the giant retail and e-commerce from China to create a new e-commerce platform at JD.co.th.