Retail in Asia


InCity Chongqing launches retail podium with anchor tenants Galeries Lafayette, Tsutaya Bookstore and more

Newly inaugurated retail complex InCity Chongqing is set to become a bustling shopping destination with a remarkable lineup of some 200 brands.

Notable anchor tenants at opening included brands such as Galeries Lafayette, Tsutaya Books, BLT Supermarket, and Neobio Family Center.

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Set to become a prominent landmark, the International Land Sea Center, also referred to as Chongqing 100 Mall, encompasses two striking towers along with interconnected commercial podiums, developed by Shui On Land and executed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF).

Crowds watching the lion dance in front of the new Galeries Lafayette store. September 28. Source: InCity Chongqing

The architectural masterpiece combines retail and office spaces, and is anticipated to reach full operational capacity by 2025. InCity Chongqing’s retail tenants include 48 brands new to southwestern China, according to the Chongqing International Communication Centre for Culture and Tourism.

The 100,000-square-metre retail podium embodies the concept of high-quality living and leisure at the heart of the city. With four storeys in height, it is designed as a vibrant hub for various retail experiences. Standing tall beside it is the main tower, reaching a height of 458 metres, making it the tallest in the city. The design of the structure draws inspiration from the sailboats that navigate the nearby Jialing River.

Galeries Lafayette store in Shanghai. The Chongqing store is its fourth in mainland China. Source: Shutterstock

Galeries Lafayette, which has existing stores in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen, marks its entry into southwestern China with this fourth branch in Chongqing.

The French luxury department store recently opened a store in Shenzhen, as the retailer eyes a total of ten stores in China by 2025 in partnership with Hopson Group, a major listed property firm established in south-eastern China.

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Originating in Hirakata, Japan in 1982, Tsutaya Bookstore, another anchor tenant, made its entry into the Chinese market in 2020. The recently opened store in Chongqing marks their impressive tenth outlet in China.

Tsutaya Investment’s chairman Takuya Nomura said the InCity Chongqing bookstore “targets young individuals aged between 20 and 30,” in addition to office workers.