The south-east Asian franchisee of Spanish fashion retailer Mango has announced it will increase its total investments in Hong Kong by 30 per cent over the next 12 months.

According to Gagan CEO Kesri Kapur, the Hong Kong market could potentially support up to 10 Mango stores, provoking spending of US$1.5 million in the next year.

However, he said the brand's Hong Kong expansion had not been without difficulty.
"We had to close our store in central (Hong Kong) because of renovation work at The Landmark but we expect to reopen by next May or June," he said.

"The Sars outbreak also delayed our plans to have a Sogo store."

Gagan, a unit of Singapore-based retailer RSH Ltd, has invested about US$5m to date in expanding Mango in Hong Kong.