At the recent launch of British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer Tesco in SM Aura Supermarket, cutting the ceremonial cake were no less than British Ambassador Asif Ahmad and Tesco senior commercial manager for international retail Luke Elliott.
VIP guests included SM markets vice chair Herbert Sy, SM Supermarkets president Joey Mendoza, SM Hypermarkets president Robert Kwee and SM vice president for business development Pascale Jimenez.
“I am pleased that many of Britain’s favorite Tesco items are finally available for Filipinos to enjoy,” said Ahmad. “In the UK, Tesco is a household name… We would like to congratulate SM for successfully bringing Tesco to the Philippines.”
Tesco products, which include grocery, health and lifestyle items, are now available on the shelves of select SM Supermarkets and Hypermarkets as Tesco’s sole distributors in the Philippines.
Elliott, Tesco senior commercial manager for international retail, believes that SM and Tesco “make a good business match. We share a lot of values… and we’re both enthusiastic to serve customer markets a little better everyday which is something that Tesco is focused on.”
Mendoza, speaking for SM, said: “We’re very proud to exclusively carry great selections of Tesco products as part of our already wide range of offerings. Tesco is a great brand, very useful and affordable. It will surely be loved by Filipinos and we’re happy to be the only store where people can find their Tesco favorites.”
Tesco items available at SM Supermarket Aura, Makati, Megamall A and Megamall B, North Edsa, Southmall, Pampanga and Cebu, as well as SM Hypermarket Mall of Asia, Pasig, Clark and North Edsa.
Check it out, dahlings. It’s like shopping in London, only now it’s here.
H&M Studio collection
Meanwhile, the exclusive H&M Studio A/W 2015 preview, held at The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, flaunted sporty futurism and starburst shine as themes.
The galaxy-inspired venue proved perfect, palangga, for the spectacular showcase of style and utility of H&M Studio’s pieces.
The Hero collection for women had effortless layers with snazzy zip up coats, jackets and roll necks done in various styles and fabrics. Lurex sweaters and pants elevated the looks, while popping to life with the use of starburst shine and cosmic prints.
The Primo men’s collection focused on silhouette and fabrics, with textured coats, jackets and knitwear. Inspired by the light of a winter beach, the color palette was dominated by pale blues and grays.
The kids’ collection showcased playful street style in the form of hybrid utility jackets, fun knits and adorable sneaker boots.
H&M Philippines communications manager Dan Mejia said, “We’re very excited to launch H&M Studio’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection after its successful reveal in Paris. It’s been very well received and we can’t wait to make the pieces available to shoppers here.”
Guests got to dress up paper dolls as versions of themselves with pizzazz pieces from the collection. The owner of the night’s best-dressed doll took home the actual outfit.
After a sumptuous sit-down dinner, dance music came in full swing, courtesy of DJs Mars Miranda and Kat Razon.
The H&M Studio A/W 2015 arrived in 200 stores worldwide Sept. 10; in the Philippines it is exclusively available at the H&M flagship store in SM Mega Fashion Hall.
Power Mac Center unveiled its newly transformed store in SM Megamall, revealing a more dynamic presence in its first retail location in the Philippines.
The store carries a full assortment of Apple products and premium third-party accessories, as well as an in-store product demonstration gallery.
Said Power Mac Center marketing director Joey Alvarez: “We couldn’t be more delighted to present the new look and feel of Power Mac Center. The additional space allows our first store to further its offerings and provide a more enjoyable shopping ambiance for Apple enthusiasts.”
Highlighting the transformation is its newest feature, the Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP). Open seven days a week, the AASP provides optimal repair and maintenance services to ensure maximum utilization of Apple devices.
Power Mac Center’s 20th year as Apple retailer underlines the store’s significant role in the company’s history, aligning with efforts to strengthen its industry foothold through a cohesive and aggressive development plan.
Since opening its first store in SM Megamall in 1994, Power Mac Center has grown to 25 outlets across Luzon and Mindanao.
The company also established two training centers and eight service centers over the years.
Building on its Apple expertise, Power Mac Center will continue to grow its network with the opening of additional stores and facilities in the country, raising the bar in the lifestyle consumer electronics industry.
Power Mac Center is at4/F, Cyberzone, SM Megamall; open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; log on to powermaccenter.com.