The official brand image of AK PLAZA
|Aekyung Department Store (Guro), Samsung Plaza (Bundang)|
|Founded||Guro District, Seoul, South Korea September 10, 1993|
|Founder||Chah, Hyung-suk (채형석)|
Number of locations
|Seo, Guang-jun (서광준) (CEO)|
|Parent||Aekyung Group (애경그룹)|
Hyung-suk Chah (채형석) began construction of the first department store on March 1991 in Guro District, Seoul. The store opened on September 10, 1993, as the Aekyung Department Store. The store had five basement floors and seven aboveground floors, with a total cost of 120 billion won (120 million US dollars). The success of the Guro store was allegedly used as the basis for opening other branches.
In July 2000, Aekyung Group was chosen to open a store in Incheon International Airport after Hotel Shilla gave up its subcontractor rights. The store was opened on March 29, 2001, as the 'AK Duty Free.' It was the first AK duty-free shop. The Aekyung Group opened an Aekyung Department Store branch in Suwon on February 14, 2003. The store had one basement floor and six aboveground floors. It was the biggest civilian construction in South Korea at that time.
On March 2007, the Aekyung Group took over ₩470 billion's ($461,596,000) worth of intermediary business from Samsung C&T Corporation, including the Samsung Plaza, the first department store in Bundang-gu which had opened on November 1, 1997.
On February 3, 2009, the Aekyung Group announced it will change its brand image to AK Plaza. The logo of Aekyung Department Store, Samsung Plaza, and the online site was changed AK Plaza on March 2.
The Pyeongtaek branch was opened on April 24, 2009, as the fourth store. The Wonju branch was opened on April 6, 2012, with 5 basement stories and 7 above ground stories, though the company website claims it was opened on March 6.
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- Guro Main Store (구로본점), adjacent to Guro Station in Guro-gu, Seoul
- Suwon Store (수원점), sharing a building with Suwon Station in Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
- Bundang Store (분당점) (formerly Samsung Plaza), above Seohyeon Station in Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do
- Pyeongtaek Store (평택점), adjacent to Pyeongtaek Station in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do
- Wonju Store (원주점) in Wonju, Gangwon-do
- "애경백화점 10일 개점" [Aekyung Department Store opens on the 10th]. Yonhap (in Korean). Naver Corporation. September 9, 1993. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- Bak (박), Chul-gun (철근) (August 24, 2009). "[컴패니줌업] AK플라자, BI 변경으로 재도약" [[Company Zoom-up] Ak Plaza, New Takeoff with BI Change] (in Korean). Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- "애경유통 현황" [Aekyung Distribution Business Current State] (in Korean). AK Members. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
- Lee (이), Jae-wung (재웅) (March 28, 2001). "애경그룹, 면세점사업 진출" [Aekyung Group, Goes into Duty-free Shop Business]. Yonhap (in Korean). Naver Corporation. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
- "애경 수원점 영업" [Aekyung Suwon Branch Operation]. Maeil Broadcasting Network (in Korean). Naver Corporation. February 14, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
- "AK플라자 분당점" [AK Plaza, Bundang Branch] (in Korean). Academy of Korean Studies. 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- Kim (김), JongHyun (종현) (November 3, 1997). "<약수터> 삼성플라자'개점매출 일단 성공'" [<Spring> Samsung Plaza 'Opening Day Income Success for Now'] (in Korean). Yonhap. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- Im (임), MiNah (미나) (February 2, 2009). "애경百.삼성플라자 `AK플라자'로 통합" [Aekyung Department store. Samsung Plaza, integrated as 'AK Plaza'] (in Korean). Yonhap. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- Song (송), YoungTak (영택) (March 2, 2009). "애경 유통부문, AK플라자 변경 기념행사" [Aekyung intermediary business, celebratory festival on changing to AK Plaza] (in Korean). (주)이비뉴스 Co.,Ltd. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- "AK플라자 4호 평택점 문 열어" [AK Plaza number 4 in Pyeongtaek open]. Yonhap (in Korean). Naver Corporation. April 24, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
- Bak (박), Eun-seung (은성) (April 8, 2012). "AK플라자 개점승인 원주시장 소환" [AK Plaza Approval for Opening Summons the Wonju Mayor]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Naver Corporation. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
- Ko (고), Byung-soo (병수) (April 6, 2012). "AK플라자 '원주점' 6일 문열어" [AK Plaza 'Wonju branch' opened on 6th] (in Korean). Retrieved August 21, 2014.
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