Date
20 August 2017
An upcoming shopping mall near Lok Ma Chau will help smooth traffic flows across the border, but it could also lead to more smuggling activity. Photo: HKEJ
An upcoming shopping mall near Lok Ma Chau will help smooth traffic flows across the border, but it could also lead to more smuggling activity. Photo: HKEJ

Lok Ma Chau shopping mall seen smoothing cross-border traffic

A shopping mall catering to the needs of parallel goods traders and individual mainland travelers may open near the border at Lok Ma Chau in September, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.

According to lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, some locals in the district had been roped into a project to build a 420,000 square-foot border shopping complex near a transit terminal, the report said.

It is hoped that the new mall can have the capacity to serve 3,000 visitors per hour and be able to cope with the huge traffic during golden week holidays such as the Oct. 1 National Day holiday period.

The mall will be operated in a manner similar to the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo Fair, while also copying some aspects of mega markets in England and New Zealand, Wong said.

Half of the complex will be leased to popular brand names, while 20 percent of the space will be allocated to food and beverage outlets. The remaining space will go to retailers of common items such as baby formula and diapers.

Translation by Vey Wong

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