Women's footwear maker Kawano Co is planning to open its third overseas unit in Taiwan's capital Taipei in October 2006, according to a report cited by Japanese News Digest.

Kawano, which is based in Kobe, western Japan, will open a directly managed store that will stretch across a space of 50 square metres.

The store, which will be part of a Pacific Department Store, will mainly cater for women aged 20 to 40.

Kawano has so far expanded its retail locations to Hong Kong, where it has two outlets.

Managing director Tadatomo Kawano has also said that the company plans to open outlets at some of Pacific Department Store's locations in key Chinese cities such as Shanghai.