Isetann Department Store

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Not to be confused with Japanese department store Isetan.
Isetann Department Store, Inc.
Type Shopping malls, department stores, supermarket
Industry Retail industry
Founded 1979 (as Joymart)
July 27, 1980 (as Isetann)
Carriedo Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
Headquarters Isetann Cinerama Recto, C.M. Recto Ave. corner Quezon Boulevard and Evangelista St., Quiapo, Manila, Philippines
(previously until 1988, Carriedo)
Number of locations 4 branches (as of January 2013)
Area served Metro Manila
Key people Jorge Go (co-founder and Chairman) and John Gobenghuy (co-founder and CEO)
Owners Joymart Consolidated Corp.
Website Isetann Department Store, Inc. Official Website
Isetann Official Facebook Page

Isetann Department Store, Inc. under the trade name Isetann Department Store and Supermarket (or simply Isetann) is one of the retail operators in Metro Manila, the Philippines. It was incorporated in 1980 by Chinese-Filipino entrepreneurs Jorge Go and John Gobenghuy to operate Isetann commercial shopping centers such as the lease of commercial spaces within the compound of their malls and department stores. Isetann has about 2,000 employees. It has four branches.

History and corporate profile[edit]

The roots of Isetann dates back to July 27, 1980[1] when it established in Carriedo, the then-central business district of Manila. Isetann is the revived version of 'Joymart' which as a smaller local supermarket chain, could not benefit much from economies of scale. Hence, 'Joymart' was renamed 'Isetann' and transformed into its modern large-scale retailer form, with bright signature colors of orange and green. The first and only Isetann Mall, Isetann Cinerama Recto, was opened in 1988 As Isetann's response to rival SM City North EDSA (opened 3 years earlier) located at the portion of Estero de Quiapo before becoming the site of the former Roman Super Cinerama which was burned down in the late 1970s. It primarily specializes in international and local movie screenings. The largest of the four branches, the Recto mall attracts shopping traffic because of its location beside the LRT-1 and MRT-2 Train stations in the office district of Manila.

During the rest of the 80s, it expanded the business in Cubao, Quezon City on mid-1985, and Recto, Manila on April 1988 to become a fully functioning department store and supermarket. In Sta. Mesa, Manila, a wholesale store outlet was developed on July 1989. Unlike the First 3 branches, The Sta. Mesa branch is only a supermarket sans Department Store.

Isetann is known for its marketing promotions, such as celebrity events, cooking competitions, hip-hop dance contests, and summer body contests.[1] Celebrities who have appeared in Isetann include Marian Rivera, Xian Lim, Giamateo Guidicelli, Sam Milby, and other well known local Filipino actors or singers. Besides celebrity promotions, the retailer also hosts sales, lotteries, and buy-one-take-one promotions.

The interior of the mall is air-conditioned. [1]


Name Address
Isetann Carriedo 600 Carriedo Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
Isetann Cinerama Recto C. M. Recto Ave. corner Quezon Boulevard and Evangelista St., Quiapo, Manila, Metro Manila
Isetann Cubao 2/F Aurora Tower Building, Aurora Blvd. Cor Aguinaldo St. and Malvar Ave., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Isetann Wholesale Store Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Santa Mesa, Manila, Metro Manila


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