Southstar Drug is a partner of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., the second-largest multi-format retailer in the Philippines operating 11 formats, 28 retail brands, over 1,200 stores.
It started out in the retail business in 1980 when it opened its first department store in Metro Manila. Since then, it has expanded into other retail formats: the supermarket business in 1985, the DIY business in 1994, the convenience store and specialty store businesses in 2000 and the drug store business in 2012.
With over 30 years of retail experience, it possesses a deep understanding of Philippine consumers and enjoys market leading positions across all its business segments. It operates in six business segments: supermarkets (Robinsons Supermarket), department stores (Robinsons Department Store), DIY stores (Handyman Do it Best, True Value and Howards Storage World), convenience stores (Ministop), drugstores (South Star Drug and Manson Drug) and specialty stores (from consumer electronics and appliances retailer Robinsons Appliances to toys retailer Toys "R" Us, one price point retailer Daiso Japan and international fashion brands such as Topshop, Topman and Dorothy Perkins and international cosmetics brands such as Shiseido and Benefit).
Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. is well-positioned to capture the continuing macroeconomic growth together with the increase in disposable income and consumption in the Philippines, particularly in the middle-income segment, one of its key target markets.