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Neihu’s only department store to become history
日湖百貨吹熄燈號 內湖人不捨

Lake Square Department Store in Taipei’s Neihu District is shown in this photo taken yesterday.
昨天攝於台北市內湖區的照片,是日湖百貨。

Photo: Lin Ya-ti, Taipei Times
照片:台北時報林亞蒂

You may not have heard of Lake Square Department Store or its predecessor D-Mart Department Store, but it is a shared memory for people living in Taipei’s Neihu District over the past decade, as it is the district’s only department store. Hung Chi-tang, head of Lake Square’s sales promotion department, wrote in a letter to the Taipei Times that the store will close by mid-April, which is when the rental contract with its landlord, Highwealth Construction, expires, and the contract will not be renewed.

Three years ago, Lake Square Department Store took over management from its predecessor D-Mart Department Store, which was founded in 1992. The interior decoration is obviously not as luxurious as that of department stores in Xinyi District, and there are not many famous-brand goods to shop for here. Nevertheless, Lake Square offers cheaper goods, gives shoppers a homey feeling because of its compact size, and serves as a place for Neihu residents to enjoy the convenience of shopping and eating out. The sale now on at the store is the last one before the store fades into history. Since news got out about Lake Square closing down, people have been flocking to the store. For some it is because they are dismayed that it is closing, while others are taking the opportunity to make every cent count.

The sale has been on since last Friday. Loads of stuff is on sale throughout the store, with discounts of up to 80 percent or even 90 percent off the regular price. The store is also giving away in-store vouchers to shoppers who spend a certain amount of money within a single day. Although there is as yet no exact answer as to what the building’s fate will be after the end of April, Highwealth Construction reportedly plans to demolish it and build a housing complex in its place.

(LIN YA-TI, TAIPEI TIMES)

TODAY’S WORDS今日單字

1. predecessor n.

前身 (qian2 shen1)

例: Our company’s new general manager does not have the same leadership qualities as his predecessor.

(我們公司的新總經理沒有如同前任總經理般的領導特質。)

2. homey adj.

溫馨的 (wen1 xin1 de5)

例: Maureen’s Kitchen is a small restaurant that offers traditional American family fare in a homey atmosphere.

(Maureen’s Kitchen餐廳,是間提供傳統美國家庭料理的溫馨小餐廳。)

3. dismay v.

使沮喪;使不捨 (shi2 ju3 sang4; shi3 bu4 she3)

例: I was dismayed to see that my favorite band was splitting up.

(我不捨看到我最愛的樂團分家。)


你或許沒聽過日湖百貨或其前身德安百貨,但對許多內湖居民來說,這是過去十年伴隨他們成長的共同記憶,因為它是台北市內湖區唯一的一間百貨公司。日湖生活百貨販促課課長洪啟堂在一封給《台北時報》的信中表示,因與房東(興富發建設)的租約到四月結束,且確定不會再續約,日湖百貨確定於四月中吹熄燈號。

日湖百貨三年前承接其前身於一九九二年成立的德安百貨,裝潢可能不像信義區的各大百貨公司那樣華麗,也沒有太多名牌精品,反而是走樸實平價與小而美的溫馨路線,提供當地居民生活的便利性,成為他們逛街吃飯的好去處。目前展開的促銷活動,正是日湖百貨即將走入歷史前的最後一場拍賣。結束營業消息一出,許多民眾因不捨而造訪,也有人精打細算,趁機撿便宜。

封館大拍賣已於上週五開跑,有許多商品下探二折,甚至一折的優惠,同時還有當日滿額贈酬賓券活動。至於四月底後,該大樓會作何用途,目前還無定論,不過據悉建設公司打算於將百貨大樓拆除,改建集體住宅。

(台北時報記者林亞蒂)

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