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Yup, you read it right. It’s time to say goodbye to Hello Kitty and her friends! *sniff*
80’s and 90’s kids who would frequent Greenhills Shopping Mall could attest how Gift Gate was a go-to store when they were in the San Juan area.
Gift Gate PH is closing and the last remaining branch is the one in GH. I don't really go there anymore but the 90s kid in me is very sad. ☹
— Eyddie (@eyddie) May 19, 2017
Gift Gate is about to close. Goodbye, childhood! ????????????
— Lean Jess Dela Cruz (@leanjess) May 20, 2017
Hay kakalungkot din…Gift gate will be closing out. Last store in Greenhills beside Unimart has its closing out sale until May 31..????#sanrio
— jeh (@janiya21) May 19, 2017
Gift Gate, Tickles, Regina's and Tokyo Hanna. These are my favorite spot in Greenhills. Now im feeling nostalgic. #lastgiftgateclosing
— Tina J. Bustos (@SoulFoodToGo) May 19, 2017
According to ABS-CBN news, it was “established in 1976, Gift Gate was the go-to destination for those fans of Sanrio staples Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. But once the popularity of those cartoon characters waned, apparently so did sales.”
It was also mentioned that “the San Juan branch was the first to open its doors for Pinoys. It will also be the last one to close them.”
To make things official, the San Juan store already put up a sign that read “CLOSING OUT SALE. EVERYTHING MUST GO” on their window.
News anchor Julius Babao was also able to verify his news through his Instagram account the time he visited the branch with his wife Tintin.
Gift Gate finally closes its doors at the end of the month. Didn't buy things here, too expensive. Would have loved to, though. But I recall falling in love with Hello Kitty and the rest of the gang because of this place. Thank you for the memories, Gift Gate. #giftgate #greenhills #hellokitty #sanrio #closingoutsale #everythingmustgo #thankyou
The store is set to close on the 31st of May, so visit now while you can!
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