The announcement was made during the Metro Retail Group’s first Metro Valued Partners (MVP) Night where more than 700 executives from the country’s top retail suppliers and industry partners from various sectors gathered to witness this milestone.

Owned and operated by Vicsal Development Corp., Metro started in 1982 as a humble two-storey building department store and supermarket in Cebu. Now after 32 years in the business, Metro Retail Group has become a retail giant with 42 multi-store formats composed of Metro Department Stores, Metro Supermarkets, Super Metro Hypermarkets and Metro Fresh ’n Easy neighborhood stores. It also has more than 7,000 employees and 132,000 shoppers a day.

Metro announces expansion plan

Frank Gaisano, Metro Retail Stores Group Chairman and CEO

Aside from starting the aggressive expansion, Frank Gaisano, Metro Retail Group chairman, also said that the company will invest more on understanding their customers’ behavior to satisfy their needs.

Adapting his late father and Metro founder Victor Gaisano’s mantra that “Customer is King,” Frank Gaisano assures the public that Metro will continue the company’s tradition of providing experiential shopping through easy and convenient shopping, completeness of assortment, best-in-class customer service and localizing stores in every community. “We’re here to serve you. You can always find something in Metro,” he said.

Eduardo Ponce, Metro Retail Group president and chief operating officer said that Metro is not a typical retailer as it has alliances with major mall developers Ayala Land, Inc. and Megaworld Corp. Most recently, Vicsal Development Corp. sealed a joint venture with Hongkong Land.