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Largest shopping mall in northern Taiwan to open in Hsinchu
北台灣最大購物中心 週六新竹開幕

Shoppers look at clothes in a store on Oxford Street in London last Friday.
民眾在倫敦牛津街的一家店內選購服飾。

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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)

看準新竹科學園區人口的消費力,一家台灣企業集團,建構號稱北台灣占地最大的新竹「Big City」購物中心,已於昨天試營運,並即將於本週六正式開幕。

「Big City」,顧名思義就是一切以「大」、「多」為訴求,總樓地面積達八萬七千坪(約二十九公頃),營業面積為六萬九千坪,約有四百家品牌進駐,也創造六千個就業機會。

說到吃,有句俗話說:「吃飯皇帝大。」購物中心也規劃大型美食街,以因應新竹廣大的外食人口。此外,購物中心內擁有桃竹苗唯一的數位IMAX影城、圖書量高達七萬八千本的大型書店。購物中心內還規劃有多項室內運動場地,包括保齡球場、實境模擬高爾夫球場、棒球場、溜冰場、直排輪場,以及運動餐廳等。

不過,這家美食、流行與娛樂一手包辦的大型購物中心,地點卻在不算大的古城,交通是一大考驗。館內雖規劃六千個汽機車停車格,但進出動線規劃是否完善,這五天的試營運後,將有答案。

(台北時報記者林亞蒂)

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