Puregold pursues aggressive expansion

Date : 04 February 2019

The Philippines’ second largest retailer is expanding towards new geographic locations by opening stores and acquiring grocery retail chains nationwide.

New stores opening

The group is to open 25 more stores and four S&R membership warehouse stores this year. The four S&R membership warehouse stores to be opened this year will be located in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and outside Metro Manila. This wholesale membership format specialises in imported brands from the US and has over 600K active members. It is modelled on the Costco operation system.

In the past few years, Puregold Price Club Inc. has been opening 25 Puregold stores annually. As of end September 2018, the group has a total of 397 stores nationwide, including 345 Puregold stores, 16 S&R membership shopping warehouses and 36 S&R New York style outlets.

Active acquisition

Meanwhile, Puregold has been aggressively acquiring grocery chains. The recent acquisitions include NE Bodega supermarket in Nueva Ecija (nine stores), Budgetlane supermarket (eight stores) and B&W (5 stores) in Roxas City, Capiz.

Puregold last week successfully raised P4.69 billion through an overnight placement from 104 million shareholders at P45 per share. The company said it would use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, capital expenditure and potential acquisitions.

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