The Housing Department said the long-awaited border mall in Lok Ma Chau, called The Boxes, has been issued a temporary occupation permit.
Legislator Wong Ting-kwong, the initiator of the project, said that if the trial is successful, The Boxes would be officially opened next year, hk01.com reports.
Wong said only about 70 percent of the shop spaces would be rented out compared with an earlier forecast of 86 percent.
The mall targets mainland tourists with its location close to the border.
With a space of 420,000 sq. ft., it has 213 shop spaces. The opening has been delayed for nearly two years.
The shopping mall had only been unveiled in May this year, with Wong saying it was ready to operate by July.
With the permit, the biggest hurdle has been cleared, Wong said, although the mall missed out on opportunities relating to the National Day holiday.
He said tenants can start renovating soon. There will be a one-month free lease to test the waters before Christmas.
The land is co-owned by Sung Hung Kai Properties and Henderson Land and was leased for HK$1.
The three-year lease will end in September next year. Wong said they plan to renegotiate the lease with the owners.
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