The Wharf (Holdings)

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Fur warehouse of The Wharf, before 1912
The Wharf (Holdings) Limited
Public company
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1886; 131 years ago (1886)
Headquarters Kowloon, Hong Kong [1]
Area served
Hong Kong
Key people
Chairman: Mr. Peter Woo
Parent Wheelock and Company Limited
Website The Wharf (Holdings) Limited
Five Flag Poles of the Wharf near Star Ferry Pier and Ocean Terminal. Five flags are of the Wharf, Harbour City, Cable TV, Wharf T&T and Star Ferry.

The Wharf (Holdings) Limited (Chinese: 九龍倉集團), or Wharf (九倉) in short, (SEHK0004) is a company founded in 1886 in Hong Kong. As its name suggests, the company's original business was in running wharfage and dockside warehousing, and it was originally known as The Hong Kong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company, Limited and founded by Sir Paul Chater. The company adopted its current name in 1986.

Major holder is Wheelock & Co.

Even today, the company is still the owner of the Star Ferry, although this icon of Hong Kong now forms a relatively small part of the company's portfolio. The Five Flag Poles, a set of flag poles flying flags of the company, are a short walk from the Star Ferry's Tsim Sha Tsui pier and form a local landmark and meeting point.

In a more modern vein, the company owns two major flagship properties in the Harbour City and Times Square shopping centres in Hong Kong. Both owe their origins to the company's transportation heritage, as they are respectively built on the site of the company's original wharf, and on the site of the original depot of the Hong Kong Tramway (owned 1974-2009), a former subsidiary.

Other holdings in Hong Kong include i-CABLE, Cable TV and Wharf T&T, and Modern Terminals.The company also holds many properties in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon.

Wharf Holdings also owns operations and residential developments in Singapore through its Wheelock Properties subsidiary. Such properties include Wheelock Place and the former Seaview Hotel.

On 26 July 2016, it was announced that Wharf Holdings (through Novel Colour Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary) is investing RMB 150 million to form WWE & Company, a social mobile shopping platform technology company.[2]


  1. ^ The Wharf's official website indicates its head office is located in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Corporate Head Office, The Wharf's Official website
  2. ^ Walton Brown and eCargo sign joint venture

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