Having spotted Hsinchu Science Park’s high consumer market potential, a Taiwan-based business group has built a brand-new shopping mall in Hsinchu — Big City, which they say is the biggest shopping mall in northern Taiwan. The mall started with a soft opening yesterday and will officially open on Saturday.
Just as the name suggests, Big City is a place where just about everything is “big” and “abundant.” The mall covers a total floor area of 87,000 pings (about 29 hectares) and contains about 400 brand-name stores in approximately 69,000 pings of business area. It has also created a huge number of job opportunities by hiring 6,000 employees.
When it comes to eating, there is an old saying that “nothing is more important than filling up a hungry stomach.” Therefore, the mall hosts a large food court to cater to the needs of the large number of eat-outers in Hsinchu. In addition, the mall is the only place in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli with an IMAX theater, and it has a large bookstore with 78,000 books. There are also venues for various types of sports in the mall, including bowling, virtual golf simulators, baseball, ice skating, in-line skating, and sports-themed restaurants.
Although Big City offers fine dining and fashion, and provides exciting entertainment, its location at the center of a medium-sized old city could create a traffic problem. Despite the large parking area with 6,000 parking spaces for cars and motorcycles, the question of whether the mall has come up with a sound plan to accommodate growing traffic will have to be answered after the five-day test-run this week.
(Lin Ya-ti, Taipei Times)