Japanese discount chain store Don Quijote is reportedly opening its first Hong Kong store in mid-2019.
According to Apple Daily, Don Quijote’s sub-brand Don Don Donki will replace fashion chain Collect Point under The Mira in Tsim Sha Tsui. With a span of 15,000 square feet, the store’s monthly rent is being priced at HK$1 million.
Though not confirmed, there have already been rumours circling about the opening of a Don Don Donki in Hong Kong. In January, there were vacancies listed for a Japanese supermarket – under the name of Pan Pacific Retail Management (Hong Kong) Co. Limited – with managerial and IT solutions positions posted across different recruitment websites. Some positions required the applicants to be fluent in Japanese. The recruitment ad featured a photo with a Don Don Donki uniform, and the store’s iconic penguin.
Pan Pacific Retail Management (Hong Kong) Co. Limited was registered in October 2018, which was founded by Pan Pacific International Holding Pte. Ltd., the operator of Don Don Donki in Singapore.
As a popular shopping hotspot in Japan, Don Quijote is very well-liked by tourists from Asian countries; specifically from regions such as China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The store carries a diverse range of products including basic groceries, electronics and clothing.
Interestingly, though Don Quijote stores in Japan ordinarily operate around the clock, according to the recruitment ad, the opening hours of its Hong Kong branch will be from 7 a.m to midnight.
Currently Don Don Donki only operates in Singapore and Hawaii but the he retail chain’s Bangkok store is expected to open in February 2019.