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WICHIT: After a year under construction, the 1-billion-baht HomeWorks home improvement mall opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, October 25.

Built by the CRC Power Retail Company Limited, one of the many arms of the massive Central Retail Corporation, the bypass road’s latest mega-retail outlet is located at the Darasamuth School Intersection, right across the road from Central Festival. The two centers will soon be connected by a large pedestrian overpass, according to information given the press at the opening ceremony.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, presided over by new Phuket Governor Preecha Ruangjan, was attended by a host of celebrities, VIPs and other dignitaries.

A press release circulated by CRC Power Retail said the new center is the largest stand-alone venue of its kind in the southern region, with 26,000 square meters covering 27 rai and parking for 1,000 cars.

HomeWorks itself covers 8,000 square meters on the top floor, while outlets operated by well-known retailers like PowerBuy, Supersports, Modern Form and True Value take up much of the rest of the retail space. In total, the project has space for more than 100 retailers.

CRC Power Retail Vice President Pong Skuntanaga told the press that HomeWorks expects some 100,000 customers per month, with about 70% of sales direct to homeowners and the remainder to the building trade. Of the total, about 30% of the buyers are expected to be foreigners.

The top floor of the two-story complex houses HomeWorks, PowerBuy and a “Work Out” branch of sporting goods retailer Supersports.

The ground floor features a Modern Form furniture outlet covering 2,000 sqm, True Value hardware and numerous other smaller retail and food & beverage outlets, including such international American chains as Starbucks, KFC and Mister Donut. There is also a Geo Kitchenware shop and SE-ED bookstore, as well as bank branches and home decor shops.

CRC Power Retail Marketing Director Nilubon Jirapattanapong said at a press conference that HomeWorks was offering “stunning” discounts under its “Crazy Price” promotion package over the first two days, as a way of luring first-time shoppers.

Target customers will be from Phuket and nearby provinces such as Krabi and Phang Nga, he said.

The Phuket branch of HomeWorks is the seventh opened by CRC Power Retail, the flagship store of which was opened at Central Bangna in Bangkok in 2001.

All the retail outlets will face stiff competition from competing outlets already operating along the bypass road, which has seen a huge proliferation of large furniture and home supply retailers over the past five or six years.



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region | News by The Thaiger

Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder – PHOTO: Guy Nowell

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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