Middle East Retail Forum (MRF) 2023

Chang Sup Shin is the CEO of 1004 Gourmet, a Dubai-based Asian speciality food retail brand that also supplies to the likes of Carrefour; Nobu at Atlantis, The Palm; Burj Al Arab; Armani Hotel; and Zuma. Shin has reshaped 1004 Gourmet into a high-end concept store with an expansive product line, inclusive of an Asian supermarket, a premium butchery, a speciality coffee shop and a Korean cosmetics store Lamise Beauty. In 1987, Shin left his hometown in South Korea and journeyed across the world gathering the expertise and know-how to allow for his current success in Dubai. After obtaining his Business Management degree from Penn State University in the US, he navigated the financial crisis of 2008 in New York whilst working within the real estate industry. With both business acumen and hard graft, Shin launched 1004 Mart in Dubai in 2008, stocking and distributing Japanese products and fresh produce from one of the world’s largest seafood markets, Tsukiji, to over 250 restaurants across the UAE.