DONKI Thonglor Co., Ltd. (*), a subsidiary in Thailand of Pan Pacific International Holdings Corporation (hereinafter referred to as PPIH) based in Tokyo, will open "DON DON DONKI The Market" at The Market Bangkok, a commercial complex situated in downtown Bangkok, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
(*) DONKI Thonglor Co., Ltd. is a joint venture established by PPI (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Co., Ltd., and TOA Venture Holding Co., Ltd.
Image1: The exterior of DON DON DONKI The Market
Image2: A map of an area around DON DON DONKI The Market
This store will be DON DON DONKI's second outlet in the Thai capital of Bangkok after DONKI MALL THONGLOR which opened on February 22, 2019. The move is part of PPIH's strategy of operating a large number of stores in Southeast Asian countries under the concept of Japan brand specialty stores supplying high-quality Japanese goods at affordable prices. PPIH is known as the operator of major Japanese general discount store chain "Don Quijote."
The area where DON DON DONKI The Market will open is a major shopping district of Bangkok near Chit Lom Station which is bustling with local residents as well as tourists.
The new store will not only aim to attract its potential customers with Japanese cuisine, at which DON DON DONKI excels, but will also be selling Japanese sweets and cosmetic products that are popular as souvenirs. A wide variety of goods and toys that Don Quijote specializes in will also be available at DON DON DONKI The Market. The company is determined to create an exciting shopping experience for customers.
With four sections specializing in Japanese perishables -- vegetables/fruits, fish, meat and delicatessen -- DON DON DONKI The Market will have "live kitchens" where chefs will cook in front of customers to fully immerse them in the whole Japanese cuisine experience. There will also be seating areas within the store for customers to enjoy the food immediately.
At the vegetable/fruit section, DON DON DONKI's favorite baked sweet potatoes and fruit juice made using Japanese fruits will be served. As for the fish section, customers can enjoy freshly made sushi at the counter. Chefs will prepare and grill the fish selected by customers.
The meat and delicatessen section will be set up like food stalls where customers can casually enjoy a variety of Japanese food -- ranging from steak, "shabu shabu" (thin slices of beef or pork parboiled in hot soup together with vegetables), "kushiyaki" (spit-roasted meat), "ramen" noodle and "gyoza" dumplings to "oden" (vegetables, fish, dumplings and other articles stewed in hot soup), "karaage" (fried chicken) and "tempura" (Japanese deep-fried dishes).
As its first attempt, DON DON DONKI takes advantage of its diverse lineup of products, including those sold at Jonetsu Kakaku, its first shop in Southeast Asia specializing in its price-focused house brand to draw attention from local consumers.
The PPIH group is determined to steadily open its shops in Thailand while developing a new business style catering to local consumers and offer reasonable prices to gain longstanding patronage from local consumers.
Overview of the store:
Name: DON DON DONKI The Market
Business hours: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day (*)
(*) Opening hours are subject to change according to "The Market Bangkok" business policy. In accordance with the state of emergency declared by the Kingdom of Thailand, its business hours will be shortened temporarily starting Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The store will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will close some areas of the shop, discontinue the sale of some products and regulate the admission of customers. By thoroughly managing the health of our employees and the disinfection of the facilities, the store will strive to operate in a safe and secure store environment and to contribute to the welfare of its customers.
Address: 111 The Market Bangkok Bldg., Floor no.1, Unit no.,M11SA43, Ratchadamri Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Transportation access: BTS Skytrain -- a 9-minute walk from Chit Lom Station
Opening date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11 a.m. (Thailand time)
Total floor area: 2,679 square meters (of which the store space is 1,775 square meters)
Structure: 1 basement level, 6 stories above ground (newly opened commercial facilities are on the Floor no.1, Unit no., M11SA43)
Items to be on sale: Foodstuffs, perishable foods (vegetables/fruits, fish, meat and delicatessen), liquors, daily necessities, household supplies, cosmetics, clothes, toys and various other articles
Parking areas: Approximately 2,000 cars and 220 motorcycles. (The parking areas are shared by all business establishments at the commercial complex.)
Source: Pan Pacific International Holdings Corporation, DONKI Thonglor Co., Ltd.