21 October 2016 – Tesco Lotus in collaboration with the Internal Trade Department, Commerce Ministry, is giving away 55,000 black t-shirts to people nationwide to mourn the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The t-shirts will be distributed through 109 Tesco Lotus stores around Thailand, starting October 21, 2016.
Ms. Salinla Seehaphan, Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco Lotus, said: “In order to help our customers and the people of Thailand save during the mourning period, Tesco Lotus has increased our stock of black and white clothes by 3-5 times the normal volume. This amounts to about 2 million extra pieces of garment, being sold at the starting price of just 89 baht. However, there are still some people who may not be able to afford to buy enough clothes to wear every day, so we have joined with the Commerce Ministry to give away 55,000 black t-shirts. The shirts will be available at 109 Tesco Lotus stores. On October 24th, we will start with 9 stores in Bangkok, before rolling out to 40 more stores on November 4th, and the remaining 60 stores on November 11th. We hope to be able to help alleviate some of the burden for customers who truly need assistance.”
A total of 5,000 t-shirts will be given away on October 24th at 9 stores in Bangkok, namely: Tesco Lotus Extra Rama 4 (1,000 shirts), Tesco Lotus Laksi (500 shirts), Tesco Lotus Fortune (500 shirts), Tesco Lotus Pinklao (500 shirts), Tesco Lotus Bang Kae (500 shirts), Tesco Lotus Prachacheun (500 shirts), Tesco Lotus Charansanitwong (500 shirts), Tesco Lotus Rama 1 (500 shirts), and Tesco Lotus Ladprao (500 shirts). Those who are interested are invited to get a queue ticket starting from 9am onwards on October 24th. Due to limited availability, one person will be given one shirt. For the other 100 Tesco Lotus stores, details will be announced later.
“We’ve chosen stores that are close to communities, as people in those areas have more needs for assitance. Aside from the free shirts, we will be handing out around one million black ribbons through all 1,800 Tesco Lotus stores nationwide. We’d also like to invite customers and people to volunteer by helping to prepare ribbons at our hypermarkets and Talad stores. For people who have made their own ribbons, they are very much welcome to hand them out at Tesco Lotus.”
To facilitate people outside of Bangkok who may not be able to travel to the capital to sign the condolence book at the Grand Palace, Tesco Lotus will allow customers nationwide to sign the books at all hypermarkets starting October 24th onwards. Stores around the country will also support official commemorative ceremonies held at provincial halls and religious rites held at temples by providing drinking water and snacks to people who attend these activities.