Kuang San SOGO operator to build and run multipurpose commercial hub next to THSR Taichung Station
By Stephanie Chiang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kuang San SOGO Department Store Chair Harashima Eiichi and General Manager Chen Kuang-jung (陳光榮) announced at a press conference on Monday (Nov. 15) that the group’s First Great International Development Company has signed a deal with Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) to build the “THSR Entertainment Shopping Center.”
The group will invest NT$20 billion (US$719 million) to develop a plot of land right next to the THSR Taichung Station, which connects to the Taichung train station and Taichung Metro’s Green Line, according to CNA. The commercial hub, scheduled to open in 2026, will become Taiwan’s largest international-level shopping mall.
The Liberty Times reported that the project will cover an area of 158,340 square meters, and the total gross floor area of the building will reach over 600,000 m². The commercial center will house Taiwan’s largest mall, a multi-purpose exhibition center, an international conference center, offices, hotels, a multiplex cinema, and other themed entertainment facilities.
Chen said at the press conference that the project’s location offers favorable traffic conditions, and the company expects to create 16,000 jobs and welcome 33 million customers yearly after opening, per CNA. “Taipei has always been the portal to see the world, but in the future, Taichung will become the base to look across north, central, and south Taiwan,” the Liberty Times quoted him as saying.
Resource: Taiwan News