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|Industry||Merchant, Real estate, Retailing, Hospitality, Restaurants|
|Tos Chirathivat, CEO|
|Products||Shopping centres, department stores, restaurants, hotels.|
|Revenue||US$10.4 billion (2016)|
|Total assets||US$9.7 billion (2014 est)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Central Pattana (SET: CPN)|
Central Plaza Hotel PLC (SET: CENTEL)
Central Department Store Group
Central Restaurants Group
Central Marketing Group
Central Hardlines Group
Central Online Group
Central Food Retail Group
Central Group Vietnam
The Central Group of Companies (Thai: กลุ่มเซ็นทรัล) or Central Holding is a family-owned conglomerate holding company in Thailand that is involved in merchandising, real estate, retailing, hospitality and restaurants. Among its subsidiaries are Central Pattana and the Central Retail Corporation. Its current CEO is Tos Chirathivat, grandson of the company founder. Its chief rival is The Mall Group, which owns Siam Paragon and The Emporium and several suburban shopping centres.
Founder Tiang emigrated from Hainan Island to Bangkok in 1925. Most other Chinese immigrants started businesses in Bangkok's Chinatown. He set up his first shop in the Thonburi District on the outskirts of Bangkok across the Chao Phraya River from the city center. He moved across the Chao Phraya River to a location near the grand Oriental Hotel (now the Mandarin Oriental), where he opened a store with his eldest son, Samrit, in 1947. In 1956, the family opened Thailand's first department store in Chinatown. In 1957, Tiang's son, Samrit Chirathivat, opened the first Central Department Store in Wangburapha, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok. The company's property development arm, Central Pattana was founded in 1980, and opened its first shopping centre, CentralPlaza Ladprao in Chatuchak District, Bangkok in 1982. Besides expansion through physical presence in the Bangkok retail space, Central Group has in recent years built an online presence among ASEAN e-tailers.
All chains are operated by Central Department Store Group (CDG)
|Central Department Store||Thailand||21|
|Robinson Department Store (Robins in Vietnam)||Thailand||39|
|ZEN (department store)||Thailand||1|