Postpone Announcement

C-star 2021 will be postponed

Currently, international travel to China still remains highly restricted, and the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to create uncertainties for retail brands in their offline expansion and sourcing plans. In view of the situation, the organizers have decided, after careful consideration, to postpone the 7th edition of C-star (Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail), originally scheduled to be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from August 31st to September 2nd, 2021. The new date and planning will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Witnessing normally a high percentage of international exhibitors and visitors, we decide to postpone C-star 2021 during the special period in order to gain more time on travel normalization, get well prepared to welcome the fully recovered retail industry and to build a higher quality sourcing and communication platform.” said by Marius Berlemann, General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd..

For the next edition, C-star will continue to focus on innovative solutions in five dimensions: Shop Fittings & Store Design, Visual Merchandising, Retail Lighting, Smart Retail Technology and Retail Marketing. The innovative supporting programme, including Retail Stage, H!Tech Stage, ReTailor Hub, EuroShop RetailDesign Award China, Retail Technology Award China as well as Visual Merchandising Challenge will offer the opportunity for visitors to discuss hot topics with excellent solution providers, leading retail brands, shopping mall executives and academic experts.

In the next stage, Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai will organize a series of offline networking events to share retail industry insights and build deep connections. Meanwhile, the organizer will continue to work with trade media, associations, research institutes and the EuroShop Trade Fair Family to collect the latest and most comprehensive retail information for retail professionals and publish on C-star official website, WeChat and LinkedIn so that retailers can keep up to date with the latest trends in the retail industry.

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July 27, 2021

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Tim Hortons Plans China IPO


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The iconic coffee brand is set to go public in China through a merger deal with Silver Crest Acquisition Corp.


The deal is expected to close later this year and will give Tim Hortons China a Nasdaq listing. It will also help fund the brand’s ambitious plans to roll out more than 2,750 stores in the region over the next five years. According to Yongchen Lu, Chief Executive Officer of Tim Hortons China, the brand will ‘have nearly 400 units by the end of this year, opening one every 36 hours.’


The value of its China business is expected to reach around $1.7bn once the merger is closed and existing shareholders, including Tencent Holdings and Sequoia Capital, will own 80 per cent of the shares after the deal is complete.


Tim Hortons first debuted in China in 2019 with its first store in Shanghai, now then chain operates 199 locations across the country and plans to double this number before the end of the year.



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Visitor registration for C-star 2019 will be available in October 2018. Thank you!