Hong Kong's Yata set to open three stores as weaker yen boosts sales

Daniel Chong, CEO of YATA department store, poses for a photo at the store in Sha Tin. Photo: Edmond So

Department store chain Yata, the Japan-themed retail unit of Sun Hung Kai Properties, is expanding as sales rise on the back of the weaker yen that is making goods cheaper. Yata's total retail area will increase by one-third to 400,000 square feet after three new stores are opened between June and September. A new store in Tsuen Wan will be the firm's first in two years. It last opened one, a supermarket in San Po Kong, in September 2011. The other two shops will be supermarkets in Tuen Mun and Mong Kok.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:08am

Supermarkets to play a greater role in wine sales

Supermarkets in Australia, Britain and the US are known for their large stocks of wine and good value for money. Photo: Corbis

A great supermarket wine department is a beautiful thing, and a terrible thing to lose. So let us first take a moment to say a fond farewell to ThreeSixty, the latest supermarket to have tried to eke out a living in the unforgiving rent desert that is Central. Goodbye old friend, we will miss your oversized wraps, your organic almond butter and, above all, your untouchable wine selection.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:31pm

Save on grocery bills with a little legwork

Sellers already packing up at Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market at 6.20am. Photo: Nora Tam

With supermarkets selling overpriced groceries and local fast food joints endlessly competing with their HK$20 lunch boxes, Hong Kong is a classic example of a place where dining out is often cheaper than eating in. But for galloping and wannabe gourmets who value the comforts of home, where can they buy affordable food?

18 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Supermarkets offer confusing price 'discounts'

Those crackers may not be such a bargain. Photo: Jonathan Wong

As much as traders doubt the practicality of guidelines over price tags to stop retailers from faking bargains, a stroll through the city's supermarkets shows the status quo can confuse if not mislead shoppers.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:40am 1 comment

New Hong Kong Competition Law could break dominance of two chains

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

Like many people living in Hong Kong's big residential estates, Mrs Hui has access to only one chain supermarket in the shopping arcade downstairs from her North Point flat.

31 Jan 2013 - 11:43am 9 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 9, 2012

The pageant in Beijing had a loaded message. Photo: Xinhua

Shelf space over comfort at supermarkets

Any would-be cashier in a supermarket and other retail outlet needs to speak English to get the job. But it's not a stringent test because if they can say, "Do you need a bag?" they will get the job.

This is not the only sign of poor management practices.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Letters to the Editor, November 17, 2012

Traditional check-outs in Hong Kong stores. Photo: Sam Tsang

Force property developers to sponsor golf

As a PGA European Tour accredited photographer, I find reports suggesting the Hong Kong Open golf championship may lose its elite status as a PGA European Tour event very worrying.

This is a sad reflection on the lack of support from big business to sponsor professional sporting events.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:52am 2 comments


Parents are educators, too

Many parents doubt the abilities of some teachers. They blame teachers for the ignorance of students. That's not fair.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Longing for the personal touch

Luciano Benetton, the founder and driving force behind the clothing chain that bears his name, has announced he will retire. He is one of the great retail gurus and has shown the nature of this sector, which is dependent on the vision and abilities of a few key players.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

At the top of the food chain

As a former department store clerk, Thomas Woo started his career the hard way - from the bottom. A fresh graduate at the time, he would never have guessed that his then-boss and mentor, Masashi Ishikawa, would go on to create one of the leading supermarket and lifestyle chains in Hong Kong, and that its stewardship would one day pass on to him.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Unilever price rises weeks after fine

Consumer product giant Unilever, whose brands include Lux and Dove soaps and Sure deodorants, reportedly raised prices on some personal care products only a few weeks after the state pricing regulator fined it for talking about price increases.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Ministries tackle sagging vegetable prices

The agriculture and commerce ministries yesterday issued emergency measures to help stabilise vegetable prices because farmers have started to dump low-value produce.

The Commerce Ministry said average prices of 18 vegetables had dropped by 16.2 per cent over the past three weeks.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Programs lend a helping hand

As the mainland is experiencing high inflation, people in Guangzhou have to find ways to lead an economical lifestyle.

Recently, mobile phone software which helps shoppers look up prices of different goods in different shops has become very popular.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Time to shop around

You've got to admire Pong Yat-ming. He's taking a one-person stand against the big companies that rule our lives through their control of so much of what we do. By buying from small, family-run shops instead of chain stores, and cycling, he figures he'll help inspire a movement to break their dominance. In the weeks since his crusade began, he's saved hundreds of dollars.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Dream job for food lovers

Requirements: As a meat buyer, you need to have a good knowledge of food cultures and traditions around the world.

You should have sensitive taste buds and be aware of different trends in the food industry. You also have to try all kinds of meat. It would be an advantage if you love to cook, too.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am