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Mayfull to launch hotel, despite family murders

By Crystal Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Mayfull Foods Corp (美福食集) said yesterday it is to launch its luxury hotel in Taipei’s Dazhi (大直) area next month, despite chairman Huang Ming-ren’s (黃明仁) death during a family dispute on Thursday.

“The planned soft opening for Grand Mayfull Taipei Hotel (美福飯店) remains on schedule by the end of this year although the company has not yet settled on an exact date,” Mayfull Hotel communications official Evelyn Kung (龔臻瑜) said by telephone.

The hotel has the potential to grow into the largest stake of the nation’s largest meat importer and distributor, according to Mayfull Foods, which also operates a supermarket, a high-end beef noodle restaurant and the Fresh & Aged Italian steak house.

Mayfull Foods called an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon and decided to fill the position vacated by Huang’s death with the hotel’s vice chairman Chen Chun-tung (陳春銅).

Huang, 55, was shot by his younger brother Huang Ming-te (黃明德) at Mayfull Foods’ headquarters in Neihu District (內湖) while he was trying intercede an argument between Huang Ming-te and older brother Huang Ming-huang (黃明煌), police said.

The company’s board of directors has not chosen a successor to the helm of Mayfull Foods, said Iris Teng, a communications official at the firm.

Since 2010, Mayfull Foods has spent NT$8 billion (US$244.4 million) on the 25-story hotel that includes 146 rooms, including 20 premium suites.

With more than 50m2 of floor area and 3.4m-high ceilings, all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms, walk-in dressing rooms and decorations styled by local craftsmen, Kung said.

The hotel is to have five themed restaurants, a pillarless ballroom and a heated outdoor swimming pool with sauna, among other leisure facilities, she said.

The Huang brothers reportedly had longstanding disputes over inheritance and other financial matters. Their family owns the Miramar Shopping Mall (美麗華百樂園) in Neihu and Miramar Hotel in Taipei and Hsinchu.

The shopping mall owner and hotelier declined to comment on the tragedy.

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