|A GS25 store in South Korea. — Photo usefultips25.blogspot.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — After the opening of Japan’s first 7-Eleven store in Việt Nam in June, South Korea’s GS25 convenience store chain has official announced its intention to enter the market, reported online news website ndh.vn.
The entry of GS25 makes it the first Korean brand to join the fierce competition of the Vietnamese convenience store market.
GS25 and Vietnamese Sơn Kim Group have formed a joint venture which will be in charge of operating local GS25 franchises in Việt Nam. Accordingly, GS Retail, the convenience store chain’s parent company, holds a 30 per cent stake in the venture, while Sơn Kim holds 70 per cent.
GS25 is expected to open its first store in HCM City by the end of this year and has set a goal of opening more than 2,500 stores within the next 10 years.
GS25 is one of Korea’s largest convenience stores, accounting for about 30 per cent of the retail market in the country.
Previously, Sơn Kim Group has co-operated with GS Home Shopping since 2012. GS Home Shopping and GS Retail both belong to the GS Group.
According to the most recent data on the retail market in Việt Nam, total revenue reached US$118 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 10.2 per cent.
Việt Nam is also evaluated as a country whose population age is suited to convenience store chains, with 57 per cent of people under 35 years old. — VNS