Thailand’s Central Group has made its maiden foray into Singapore’s already bustling retail scene, setting up two Manchester United merchandise shops. This could be the start of more inroads into the local retail industry by the group, explained Central Group executive director Pichai Chirathivat. He told The Straits Times: ‘We would like to bring in our own house brands. We would like to be careful first, maybe open one or two brands first.
Central Group yesterday reaffirmed its interest in participating in the bid for Carrefour’s local operations against rivals like Casino (owner of Big C Supercentre) and Berli Jucker (BJC). Carrefour operates about 43 hypermarkets in Thailand but plans to discontinue its operations here and elsewhere in the region.