PRESTIGE Group is embarking on a $100 million programme to set up fashion retail shops in China. Prestige chairman and managing director Vienna Cheung said the expansion included a joint venture to operate a five-storey department store in Harbin, Heilongjiang. She said Prestige would spend about US$10 million to refurbish the store into a modern commercial complex with about 80,000 square feet of floor space. The project has a co-operation period of 15 to 20 years. Ms Cheung said Prestige was actively establishing retail shops in major Chinese cities to market fashion products under French brand Cour Carre. A Cour Carre shop was opened in Guangzhou in October, and a second is set to open next month. Two shops in Beijing and Shenzhen are expected to be operational soon. In the next stage of expansion, Ms Cheung said the group would set up retail shops in Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenyang and Changchun. The company intended to recruit a team of professional models from Russia to demonstrate the Cour Carre fashion lines in its various stores, she said. In Hong Kong, Prestige operates nine retail shops to sell fashion under the brand names of Cour Carre and Gay Giano. The group currently operates a 40,000 sq ft garment manufacturing plant in Shenzhen. It is developing new production facilities on a 200,000 sq ft site in Bao'an. which will comprise four factory blocks. It expects to relocate its existing production facilities to the new plant by early 1995.