At Hong Ming (HM) Group, we believe that an obstacle is often a stepping stone. Our story began in 1980 when Mr. Lim Kien Huat, the founder of HM Group, left his hometown in Malaysia for the betterment of his life. He started up as a shop assistant selling cloth-based home products for a living. Back then, life wasn’t easy. It was filled with obstacles, especially when his first child was born in 1989 which he couldn’t afford to support. This is where he decided to take the risk and start his own business in Singapore, selling household products – ranging from towels to bed sheets and pillow cases – at a neighborhood stall and night market (commonly known as “Pasar Malam”).
In November 1989, the first Hong Ming shop was set up, after decades of hard work and determination. It turned out to be a splendid start – Quickly, the shop gained popularity among the neighbourhood, and the opening of HM’s second branch marked the first expansion of the business.