Soon there will be a brand new JUSCO in Qingdao, on Yanji Lu near the library and the Carrefour on Shandong Lu. It’s a huge complex that will house a shopping mall, a KTV, a cinema, a gym and more, including studio apartments and a 5 star hotel. At the moment it’s all a big construction site and the workers are hurriedly trying to finish before the opening on 11.27. One of the major outlets in the complex will be a department store called Van’s, a chain that operates stores in several other cities in China (including Beijing and Shanghai). Below are some photos of the site including the new hotel. It looked quite finished this morning (curtains in the rooms, chandelier in the lobby etc). Though there aren’t any visible local advertisements for them so far, this is from the Travel Daily News site:
“Le Meridien Qingdao will be strategically located at the intersection of Xuzhou Road and Yanji Road in Shibei District of Qingdao, Shandong Province, in the new Central Business District of Qingdao. The hotel’s facilities will consist of 330 rooms, approximately 29,000 square feet of meeting space, four restaurants and bars, a business center, a health club, an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, penguin club and a retail shop. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development complex called “Qingdao Wanda Plaza”, which consists of the hotel (in one tower), 1.2 million square feet of offices in two towers, 1.2 million square feet of retail mall at podium, and 660,000 square feet of unbranded private residential apartments in three towers.”
And just in case you’re interested, many of the apartments above the mall are hotel-sized rooms between 37 and 52 sqm – they are all one room studios. Guess they’re marketing for the single working class QINGDAO(nese).
A bit of trivia: This is actually the 4th JUSCO mall to be opened in Qingdao. Besides the flagship location at Fuzhou Lu & Xianggang Zhong Lu, and the roomy Huangdao Kaifaqu store on Changjiang Lu in the Development Zone, there used to be a lonely JUSCO near the outskirts of Taidong on Liaoning Lu that was nearly devoid of patrons for the almost 2 years it took the Aeon folks to decide to close it. Let’s hope this new one is more successful, it seems like a grand project. More info is available on the Qingdao JUSCO website (in Chinese). Happy shopping!