The family-owned Central Group operates in 17 countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. Under its umbrella, it bundles various investments in national and international companies, each of which has developed into a leading provider in its own market segment in the areas of retail, project development, brand management, hotel/restaurant and digital lifestyle.
The group of companies leads an extensive network of more than 3,700 branches with over 7 million square metres of sales area and over 80,000 employees. The luxury shopping centre CENTRAL Embassy in Bangkok which opened in 2014 and received several international awards, sets new international standards in terms of architecture and shopping experience.
The Central Group began its expansion to Europe with the acquisition of Rinascente in 2011 and the subsequent expansion by means of groundbreaking redesigns as well as the acquisition of the Danish department store Illum in 2013. This made them the leading Italian-Danish premium/luxury department store group. The strategic partnership with SIGNA was established in 2015. Together, they manage the KaDeWe Group as a joint venture.