The Opening of our G-Mart store at Inanam on 29th May 2009 also marked the opening of our flagship store. This is the result of 5 months of planning and operations that got us to this point. With the opening of our flagship store in Inanam, we now have 6 G-Mart stores in Sabah. These are located at Tuaran, Papar, Tenom, Sipitang, Beaufort and Inanam; with more still to come.
G-Mart stores are classified as General Merchandise Stores, a combination of fresh and supermarket goods, and basic clothing, as well as daily household merchandise. The main mission is to provide fresh food and everyday low prices to the community our stores are located in. We are well on our way to achieve what we are striving for!
The Grand Opening
There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into preparing a store for opening. More so, if the store is where our headquarters in located. We had planned 3 days of activities to celebrate the opening of our Inanam store, with the attendance of our company’s board of directors, we had also invited as our guest of honor, Ms Zizie from AF7.
The opening ceremony commenced with the arrival of Ms Zizie, from Akademi Fantasia 7 ( a very popular National television show featuring singers). We started with the traditional Malay welcome, followed by Kadazandusun dance.
The speech from our General Manager reiterated our slogan, Now Everyone Can Buy. Our Managing Director also took to the podium, expressing his thanks for everyone for their hardwork, and to our suppliers for their support. Once the speeches were completed, the Lion dance roared to life, prancing around the entrance of our store. I looked around and realized that streets were packed with onlookers, and we had Rela (the neighborhood watch which functions as an axillary police) controlling the crowd.
The ribbon cutting ceremony involved our MD, CEO and Ms Zizie. With that done, the doors was opened for the lions to enter the premise, and right after them were our customers. We adjourned in our head-office for the press conference as well as refreshments for our guest of honor, and other invited guests.
I headed back downstairs to follow up on the hot-dog eating contest. This is an eating contest of chicken franks, minus the buns. The winner ate 7 chicken franks in 1 minute, which doesn’t sound like much until you tried it.
There was a modern dance performance in the afternoon, but it was so packed with people, I couldn’t get anywhere near the stage for photographs. So, I stayed until 2pm before I headed back to Tuaran to mind my own store. I had arranged DJ performance, sampling and gifts to our customers to tie in with the Inanam opening, as well as Kaamatan Festival.
All store managers were invited to the opening, and I did my best to record the opening day’s activities. Due to the amount of people and the activities we had planned, there was only so much I could record. Besides, I had to attend to my own store in the afternoon.
The Evening Performance
The evening activities promised to be the highlights of the day. Firstly, we had a singing contest for the locals, followed by modern dance performance, which involved setting shoes on fire, Fashion show, and finally, a live performance from Ms Zizie. She rocks!
The Singing Competition drew quite a response, and some entertaining entrants. The winners from the 1st night will go on to compete against the winners of the 2nd night. Ultimately, the winner will be chosen on the finals on 31st May 2009. As far as performances go, go see Zizie from AF7 if you have the chance.This entry was posted on Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 11:11 am and is filed under Featured, Shopping. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.