|Industry||retailing ( cosmetics, fashion, home appliances, luxury stationary, ivory craft, kitchen wares and appliances, etc)|
|Founder||Kwok Lok (郭樂) and Kwok Chuen (郭泉)|
|Kwok Lok, Kwok Chuen|
|Owner||Karl Kwok Chi Leung|
|Parent||Wing on Company International Limited (Wing on Company)|
|Divisions||Wing on Bank|
The company is owned by a Hong Kong listed company Wing on Company International Limited (SEHK: 289), incorporated in Bermuda. The holding company of the listed company itself is Wing on International Holdings Limited, which is owned by Karl Kwok Chi Leung (郭志樑) and the Kwok family.
Brothers Kwok Lok (郭樂) and Kwok Chuen (郭泉) started the Wing on fruit store in Australia in 1897. In 1907 they returned to Hong Kong with accumulated savings and founded the Wing on Company, the second Chinese-owned department store in Hong Kong.
Stores in Hong Kong
It has four outlets in Hong Kong, after the closure of Taikoo Shing Store in 2015, with 310,000 square feet (33,400 square metres) of shopping space:
- Main Store: Wing On Centre, 211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
- Wing on Plus (Nathan Road): Wing on Manulife Provident Funds Place, 345 Nathan Road, Jordan-Yau Ma Tei
- Wing on Plus (Tsim Sha Tsui East): Wing on Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
- Taikoo Shing Store: Cityplaza, Units 074 and 144, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing (closed after 2/8/2015,[clarification needed] Eslite Store will take over its original location)
- Discovery Bay Store: Shop 114, Block C, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
Wing On in Shanghai
Wing On also had a branch in Shanghai, opened in 1918 on Nanking (Nanjing) Road, and was one of the "big four" department stores of Shanghai. The store occupied two prominent buildings. The distinctive original building stood opposite from the (then) Sincere Department Store. An extension was built next to it in the 1930s, one of the first modern "skyscrapers" of Shanghai. After the Communist revolution in China (1949), the store was nationalised, traded under various names and was no longer connected to Wing On in Hong Kong. The 1930s extension building houses a separate "Overseas Chinese Store", which, for many years, was one of the few places in Shanghai where people with overseas connections could spend their foreign exchange certificates to buy goods not available to ordinary Chinese consumers.
In 2005, the department store in the original 1918 building resumed the Chinese version of the Wing On name (Chinese: 永安; pinyin: Yǒng'ān). However, the store is owned by a separate company from Wing On, called "Yongan Department Store Co Ltd", a state-owned company. This company does not use the "Wing On" name in its English translations. The exterior of the original store was restored to its appearance during the Wing On period. However, the interior has been drastically refurbished. The store has also changed its market orientation, focusing almost exclusively on domestic Chinese branded clothing targeted at visitors from other parts of China, with a small department in watches and other accessories.
Shop window of Wing On's Shanghai branch in the 1940s.
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