Robinson Srinakarin to close after 30 years with big clearance sale

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End of an era as renowned department store Robinson Srinakarin, which has served the community for 30 years, will permanently close its doors on August 20. Located within Seacon Square Srinakarin in Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok, its closure will leave only three Robinson branches.

Robinson Seacon Square’s official page announced the closure with a promotional campaign, offering up to 50% discounts on all items in a clearance sale. The post urged customers to seize this final shopping opportunity before the store shuts down permanently.

This closure is reportedly due to the expiration of the lease agreement and Seacon Square’s intention to reclaim the space. Central Retail, Robinson’s parent company, confirmed this information and assured that all employees will be reassigned to other branches of Robinson or Robinson Lifestyle Centers.

The remaining Robinson branches in Bangkok will be located at Sukhumvit, Bang Rak, and Lat Krabang. The closure marks the end of an era for Robinson Srinakarin, which opened alongside Seacon Square Srinakarin three decades ago, becoming a staple shopping destination for many Bangkok residents.

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Shoppers have expressed mixed feelings about the closure. Many long-time customers have shared fond memories of the store, recalling it as a go-to place for various shopping needs.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a child. It’s sad to see it go.”

Robinson Srinakarin’s management has ensured a smooth transition for its staff, emphasising that no employees will lose their jobs. Instead, they will be distributed among other branches, maintaining the quality of service that Robinson is known for.

This closure is part of a broader trend within the retail industry, where many traditional department stores are reevaluating their physical presence due to changing consumer behaviours and the rise of online shopping. Despite this shift, Robinson remains committed to providing excellent service across its remaining locations, reported KhaoSod.

In related news, a surge in factory closures has heightened concerns over the weakening of Thailand’s manufacturing sector, as indicated by Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group (KKP).

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Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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