Wilcon Founder and Chairman Emeritus Mr. William T. Belo alongside with other big names in the retail industry and co-PRA President's Award recipients including SM Prime Holdings' Henry Sy, Ayala Corporation's Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Araneta Group's Jorge Araneta and JG Summit Holdings' John Gokongwei among others were honored with their own special copies of the 40th anniversary commemorative book of Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) entitled “Legends, Lives, and Legacies” that features their own faces on the special covers.
The said commemorative book recognizes the success stories, passionate dedication and invaluable contributions of some of the most notable pillars of the Philippine retail industry which include Mr. Belo who was PRA and DTI's President's Awardee of 2017. Mr. Belo was conferred as the “Patriarch of Home Building Retail“ for his immeasurable contributions in molding the local home building retail industry, particularly for the great success he have achieved through the company he founded over 40 years ago—Wilcon Depot, now being recognized as the country's leading home improvement and construction supply retailer.
Established in 1977, Wilcon Depot recalibrated the way how the Filipino market purchase home furnishings and building materials. Before Wilcon, Filipinos need to travel overseas just to get quality home materials, but now, with Wilcon's air-conditioned stores, highly trained staff and wide selection of topnotch home materials, superior home building shopping has been accessible to Filipinos.
From their small maiden store in Quezon City, Wilcon has now expanded to over 40 operating stores nationwide. With the goal of bringing quality home building shopping experience to more Filipinos, a plan of expanding to a total of 65 stores in the next few years is already on the works.
Under Belo's leadership, Wilcon has able to significantly change the home building landscape in the Philippines and established itself as a trusted and preferred shopping destination to many industry professionals, home enthusiasts and homeowners. These invaluable contributions to the country and local retail industry make the formidable Mr. Belo a well-deserving individual for this recognition.
To know more about Wilcon, visit their official website at www.wilcon.com.ph and follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @wilcondepot.ph.