MerryMart will be ready to secure more superior prime locations around the country, and attract more good talents to join its team after the ECQ is lifted as there may be a lot of good prime sites to be available nationwide. The pricing is up to P1 per share and price will be set by May 22, 2020. The IPO listing is slated on June 15, 2020. Once MerryMart is listed, it is expected to be the second listed retail company that has pure non-discretionary retail in its portfolio. MerryMart Consumer Corp. do not have any exposure in the discretionary retail businesses such as the modern department stores, which are closed and do not generate revenues during the ECQ. “We are confident that the MerryMart IPO will provide both the retail and institutional investors an opportunity to be able to invest and spread their portfolio in a resilient sector and also enable them to invest at an early stage of MerryMart’s planned hyper growth in the coming years,” said MerryMart chairman Edgar Injap Sia II MerryMart’s vision is to reach P120 billion in system-wide revenues and 1,200 branches by 2030./PN MerryMart Consumer Corp. will proceed with its IPO since MerryMart is in the COVID-19 pandemic resilient non-discretionary basic essential retail category. “Just like Mang Inasal and DoubleDragon, our team and myself will pour in the passion, determination, focus and hard work towards the goal of MerryMart another company that will grow rapidly and eventually become strong, durable and relevant for many generations,” added Sia. MerryMart Group currently operates seven branches. MerryMart has several branches that are ready to open soon a few weeks after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted, and will keep its target to open the 100th MerryMart branch on or before December 2021 next year. MerryMart intends to focus only on non-discretionary essential segment, because the discretionary side of retail is expected to be soft moving forward, and higher value and non-essential discretionary retail is also shifting to the foreign owned e-commerce channels. THE PHILIPPINE Stock Exchange on May 6, 2020 released the Notice of Approval for the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of MerryMart Consumer Corp.