FIJIAN shopping chain Jack’s has opened a new outlet at the Waigani Central mall, developed through a joint venture with Papua New Guinean retailer CPL Group.

Known as Jack’s of PNG, the store sells a mixture of apparel and accessories, as well as catering for uniform needs for corporate clients.

It also carries specialty brands such as Rip Curl and dresses ranging from casual, to office and formal wear. Cosmetics, gifts, jewellery and shoes are also sold.

Measuring 800 square metres, the store employs almost 50 sales associates working in each of the departments.

Jack’s of Fiji general manager for finance and administration Avinesh Prasad said the company was pleased to be expanding in PNG.

“We are confident that Jack’s is set for continued rapid growth in Papua New Guinea, and our expansion outside Fiji is rooted in our sincere desire to bring the joy of wearing truly great but affordable clothes to Papua New Guineans,” he said.

CPL Group chairman Mahesh Patel said he was pleased the two companies shared a vision for the project.

“Jack’s of PNG will draw value-loving fashionable shoppers in Port Moresby,” he said.

“The strategic addition of Jack’s of PNG to Waigani Central is a game-changer for this property and poses a win for an iconic retailer like CPL Group.”

Since 2013 CPL Group has had a long-term lease agreement with Steamships Trading for Waigani Central, with Jack’s to serve as an anchor tenant of the mall alongside other CPL businesses Stop N Shop, Haus Depot and Paradise Cinemas.

CPL Group is also developing the location of old Stop N Shop Central Waigani in the 2,500 square metre area contiguous with the entire Waigani Central Shopping Complex.

The project will include an international food court designed to deliver more of the big-box and freestanding restaurants that are a proven draw for the trade area.

It will also include CPL Group’s food division – namely Boncafe and Eagle Boys Pizza.