The brand announced on social media that it closed all of its remaining four stores in Glorietta 4, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and Manila Bay by the end of last month. However, Dr Martens did not disclose the reason behind its physical withdrawal from the market.
Local sources said Dr Martens started shutting its stores in the country last February, including its flagship store in Two Parkade BGC.
UK-based footwear retail reported a 13 percent year-on-year increase in revenue, reaching US$507 million in turnover for the first half of the fiscal year 2023. The brand opened 21 new stores and closed five stores during the period.
“Although there are economic challenges ahead, we are well positioned for future growth,” said Kenny Wilson, CEO of Dr Martens.
Dr Martens’ store closure in the Philippines occurred despite the market having seen growth in sportswear spending. Last month, US sneaker chain Foot Locker expanded into the country with the first store opened inside Manila’s Glorietta shopping mall under the partnership with Indonesian retailer MAP Aktif Adiperkasa.
Source: Retail News Asia